Ampfield Meadows Retirement Community, Chandler's Ford breaks ground in Hampshire

Sustainably designed retirement community breaks ground in Hampshire

September 27th, 2021 Posted by All, News, Senior Living

We are delighted to announce that Ampfield Meadows, a 10.3-acre scheme set on the north western edge of Chandler’s Ford, has now broken ground. Delivered by Legal & General’s developer and operator of later living homes, Inspired Villages, the scheme at Chandler’s Ford will meet strong local demand for later living housing by bringing forward 149 new specialist age-appropriate homes.

Set within the historic county of Hampshire and enclosed by natural woodland, Ampfield Meadows will consist of 89 apartments, 12 cottages and a village centre building. The village centre includes a further 48 apartments, a wellness centre, restaurant, shop and other facilities accessible to residents and the local community.

The site’s topology has led us to devise a carefully considered landscape design; developing the natural fall of the site to provide accessibility across the whole of the site for residents and visitors alike.

The development will also employ a number of the net-zero carbon initiatives employed by Inspired Villages on some of its other new villages, working towards Legal & General’s recent commitment to make all its residential accommodation operationally net-zero from 2030.

Darren Hodgson, Associate Director said: “Architects working in the later living sector arguably have a moral responsibility to design strategies that can reduce the carbon footprint of development, whilst also devising outdoor landscapes which have a human scale and local uniqueness. Earlier this year we were delighted to see Millfield Green in Caddington, the UK’s first net-zero retirement community, commence on site. We are equally proud to play a continuing part in supporting Legal & General and Inspired Villages in the delivery of a second village following the same carbon reduction principles at Chandler’s Ford.”

The first phase of the development started on site in June 2021 and is due to complete in February 2023. A reserved matters application has recently been submitted to secure the development scope of the original outline approval for the scheme.

You can read more about our approach to sustainability in the later living sector here.