Midas breaks ground on £37m Hampshire care village

Work has started on a landmark £37 million retirement village in Hampshire. The new Hampshire Lakes site near Yateley is being developed for Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people, by Midas Construction, which won the £16m contract to build the first phase of the purpose-built, continued-care village.

The development will include over 100 assisted living, village apartments and a 36 bed care home. The mixture of housing options is designed to promote independent living whilst also ensuring residents can access the right level of support should their needs change. Hampshire Lakes retirement village was designed and created by English Care Village Partnerships, working with Anchor.

Facilities within the complex will include a restaurant, deli, juice bar, library, wellness centre and spa, fully equipped gym, craft room and treatment rooms, all sited within an idyllic lakeside setting in the Hampshire countryside.

The Mayor of Yateley visited the site with Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer, David Springthorpe, and Paul Strachan, Divisional Director for Midas Construction, on Friday 17January, to see how the location will be turned into a much-needed retirement village with care home for the area.

Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer, David Springthorpe, said:

“We are very excited that work has started on Hampshire Lakes. People will be able to make the most of living in a spectacular setting with the peace of mind that there are a range of housing and care options available to them. Hampshire Lakes is another step forward in Anchor’s aim to put solutions in place that meet customer aspirations and their changing needs.”

Midas Southern Divisional Director, Paul Strachan, said:

“Anchor is a very successful provider of residential care and we are delighted to be working closely with them again on this fantastic new project. Hampshire Lakes will be a stunning new development combining contemporary design with traditional architecture, and is located in a truly beautiful part of the country with a very tranquil surrounding environment.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the team at Anchor to ensure the care village is built to a very high standard of excellence. Midas has a successful track record of developments in the residential care sector and this is a major construction project for the Midas Southern team.”

The Southern division of Midas, one of the UK’s largest independent construction companies, has taken on new contracts totalling more than £46million during the first quarter of the financial year as business has boomed in the South Coast region.

Continued growth across the Southern division, which covers Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and West Sussex, has seen Midas Construction enjoy a 50 per cent increase in enquiries in this area and take on contracts including building a £9 million luxury Next store in Southampton and a £3.6million project at Port of Southampton amongst others.