Prime Minister Theresa May visits new retirement development in Maidenhead

26 October 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May took time to pay a visit to Swift House, McCarthy and Stone’s new Retirement Living Plus development on St Luke’s Road in Maidenhead, which welcomed its first homeowners earlier this year.

After taking a tour of the development and stopping to chat to homeowners as they enjoyed lunch in Swift House’s on-site Bistro, Mrs May commended its support staff for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of older people.

Mrs May went on to meet McCarthy and Stone’s Chief Executive Officer, Clive Fenton, and Regional Managing Director, Brendon O’Neill, to discuss the success of the new development which is already more than 50% sold, as well as the company’s broader commitment to building more specialist retirement housing, and how it can help to address the social care and housing crises.

Prime Minister Theresa May visits swift house

Mrs May commented: “Swift House provides an excellent option for those in retirement to downsize and benefit from a supportive environment while maintaining their independence. And it’s clear its staff work very hard to make Swift House a safe and welcoming place to live.

Clive Fenton, Chief Executive Officer at McCarthy and Stone, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the Prime Minister to our Swift House development in Maidenhead. I’d like to personally thank her for her time, and for speaking so highly of the work that has been carried out here.

“Increasing the supply of retirement housing is vital to meeting the demands of our increasingly ageing society, while raising housing output and diversifying the market. It also frees up the wider housing chain through a trickle down effect: each person moving into a retirement apartment typically frees up a minimum of two further moves on the ladder which could be for a family or a young couple buying their first home. The benefits are wide reaching, particularly where it can reduce adult social care bills by keeping people happier, healthier and independent for longer, taking some of the strain away from the NHS and the public purse.”

Prime Minister Theresa May visits swift house and speaks to McCarthy & Stone employees

The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, designs and builds age-exclusive developments that cater for older people who want high-quality, centrally located housing that allows them to maintain an active and independent lifestyle, surrounded by the right support and which is tailored to their individual needs.

Offering an attractive selection of 60 one and two bedroom Retirement Living Plus apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 70 and over, facilities at Swift House include a homeowners’ lounge, ideal for socialising with friends, landscaped gardens, a bistro-style restaurant, and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. Swift House also benefits from its very own Estates Manager, Jacob Lowe, who takes care of the smooth-running of the development, while a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind for both homeowners and their families.

To find out more about Retirement Living Plus at Swift House, click here.

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