AN AWARD-winning retirement village has started work on phase two of its £9m development scheme to create the country’s first zero carbon retirement bungalows after the first phase sold out within months.
The new owners of the first six independent living eco properties at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, are expected to move in next month with builders already working on the second phase of the 35 homed development.
The expansion of the village’s accommodation and facilities is creating 45 new jobs and has included creating a new Orangery with a cafe, bar and farm shop, which will sell produce grown at Middleton Hall and by local organic farms.
Each of the dormers bungalows are fitted with wood burning stoves, triple glazed windows and thick insulation as well as solar thermal panels and electricity generated from PV (photovoltaic) panels.
The development, called the ‘Waterside,’ is set within 17 acres of beautiful woodland with a wetland area and a large duck pond designed to attract wildlife.
Jeremy Walford, managing director of Middleton Hall Retirement Village, said:
“We’ve had so much interest in the Waterside and I think it shows that the over 55s today are more than willing to invest in the right properties. The buyers have told us they want the extra space to entertain their friends and family but they like the sense of community and all the facilities we have here.
“They also like the idea that they’re buying something that’s the first of its kind in the country – rather than simply downsizing to a tiny bungalow that may have seen better days.”
Middleton Hall was founded in 1900 and work began 100 years later to transform it from a nursing home to a retirement village.
The village currently provides for independent living, assisted living, residential care, and nursing care through 49 apartments and suites 32 bedsitting rooms and 20 nursing rooms.
It has a wide range of facilities including its own swimming pool, spa and gym – with personal trainers on hand to help residents keep fit and healthy – as well as a library, restaurant and bowling green.