Horndean ‘retirement community’ project kicks off as work on 60-bed care home begins ahead of planned development of 120 homes on the edge of South Downs National Park


In the first phase of the project, property developer Highwood Group, together with care operator Barchester Healthcare, began building a 60-bed care home on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

Completion of the care home, which will include a café, spa bathrooms, cinema, and on-site hair and beauty salon, is slated for summer 2023.

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Inauguration (left to right): Jim Faulkner (Highwood Project Manager), Grant Jensen (Senior Manager, Barchester Property Development) and John Black (Highwood Surveyor).

Grant Jensen, Senior Director of Real Estate Development at Barchester, said: “We are really excited to launch this project.

“The new care home will be a fantastic addition to the Barchester estate and will provide high quality care to the local community.”

The second phase of the project will be the retirement village, developed by Highwood Group in partnership with Inspired Villages.

Steve Matthews, Managing Director of Highwood, said: “This is the start of a truly exciting and ambitious care and retirement development, in a truly unique location on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

Site map of the nursing home and retirement village in Horndean.

“Our specialist teams have carefully planned this for several years, from securing the land to obtaining the building permit. To see him finally innovate is fantastic.

“We are absolutely delighted to be embarking on Phase One with our trusted and valued partner, Barchester Healthcare, and we are all excited about the plans for Phase Two with our new partner, Inspired Villages. “

Phase two allowed town planning for 120 residences for the elderly.

Aerial view of the site of the entire development of recent years at Horndean.

The site will also include a village center with a swimming pool, gym, library, restaurant, bar / cafe and cinema room.

The submission of the materials reserved for the retirement village will be made in the new year, with a start of work in 2022.

Neal Dale, Director of Development of Inspired Villages, said: “Inspired Villages is committed to creating sustainable, industry-leading retirement villages so that people have more lifestyle choices as they move forward. ‘they are getting old.

“We are therefore delighted to develop and operate the new integrated retirement community in Horndean, which will be adjacent to the new Barchester care home.

“Our Horndean project will be a net zero (regulated energy) retirement village through features such as air source heat pumps and solar panels, benefiting our residents and the environment in general. “

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