Provider of rented retirement homes Birchgrove has announced the topping out of the Pepperpot House Build to Rent scheme in Godalming, Surrey. The news follows Birchgrove’s announcement last year that homes were available to be reserved off-plan.
The ceremony for the milestone achievement was attended by over 30 guests, including several residents who have reserved apartments, providing them with the opportunity to meet each other alongside their friends and families for the first time.
Honor Barratt, CEO of Birchgrove, was also in attendance alongside John Whelan, CEO of housebuilder Natta. Having welcomed the guests, Honor and John spoke about the respective roles their companies have played in Pepperpot House’s development, and the significance of the project for the local community. The topping out ceremony then saw them insert the final ceremonial roof tile, marking the conclusion of the project’s roof construction.
Pepperpot House will deliver 52 one- and two-bedroom self-contained rented apartments for people over 65. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge service, café/restaurant, licensed bar, wellness suite, and a courtyard with a lounge and landscaped roof terrace offering views over Godalming to the Surrey Hills.
“I’m hugely proud that Birchgrove is on the cusp of launching its fourth site, but I’m even more inspired by our wonderful residents-to-be who attended the topping out ceremony. They are so excited about this next chapter, and to see them and their families together, interacting and forging a new community, is the real milestone for us. We can’t wait for them to move in and to be able to call Pepperpot House home.”Honor Barratt, Chief Executive, Birchgrove
Located on Brighton Road in Godalming, the 1.02-acre plot has been developed on the site of a former Mole Country Stores that had stood empty since September 2017. As part of the development, the Grade II listed Cowshed at the entrance to the site is also being fully restored to provide two one-bed apartments.
The Pepperpot House development will be the fourth addition to the Birchgrove portfolio, which currently comprises of communities in Ewell, Woking and Sidcup, housing over 170 residents. Construction of a fifth community in Banstead is currently underway, with sites to establish four further communities having also been secured.
The development of Birchgrove’s portfolio comes amid a chronic shortage of high-quality retirement rental properties for the over-65s in the South East, and surging demand for senior living rented accommodation: according to the English Housing Survey, the number of pensioners in rented accommodation is set to double to over one million in the next decade.