£40m government loan supports joint venture to deliver retirement living homes



A £40m government loan from the £4.5bn Home Building Fund will accelerate the construction of 255 retirement homes in Audley Group’s Mayfield Villages portfolio.

Mayfield Villages will include extensive health, wellbeing, care and leisure facilities.

Property owners and members of the local area will also be able to access to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Mayfield Care.

Audley said this is a segment of the market that is currently under-supplied, and builds on its joint venture with BlackRock Real Assets.

Peter Denton, chief executive of Homes England, said: “First and foremost this will enable hundreds of later life customers to enjoy high-quality, independent living accommodation for years to come.

“The area will benefit from enhanced care provision and family homes will be freed up for the next generation”

“Our loan directly addresses market funding challenges due to the pandemic and highlights our commitment to ensuring diverse communities.”

Nick Sanderson, chief executive of Audley Group said: “The transaction with Homes England is an important milestone for the retirement living sector. A coming of age.

“Government backing underlines the importance placed on increasing provision in the retirement living sector and developing more innovative housing solutions.

“Our aspiration to transform retirement is shared with both Homes England and BlackRock Real Assets and this will be the focus as we look to the future.”

The shortage of family homes is often attributed partly to a lack of quality retirement homes for older people.

Audley said the new homes in Watford will free up family-sized homes for new generations to enjoy.

The project also incorporates elements of Modern Methods of Construction, covering build and project management activities.

 

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