Chelmsford development honours local history with art installation

19 July 2019

The UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, McCarthy and Stone, has honoured local history at its Miami House Retirement Living Plus development in Chelmsford, working with local artist Dale Devereux Barker to create an artwork series in homage to the community. 

Dale Devereux Barker is a Suffolk printmaker, specialising in reduction linocuts and screen-prints. His work combines a celebration of colour and form to transform everyday events into images loaded with humour and feeling. 

The new artwork is positioned on the exterior of Miami House – at the main entrance to the retirement community. The design, which comprises of six panels, brings a series of photographic sources from the Essex Records archive back into use and pays tribute to the people of Chelmsford.

Dale Devereux Barker said: “I was delighted when McCarthy and Stone commissioned the artwork for the exterior of their new Miami House development on Princes Road.

“The artwork references the history of the people of Chelmsford, giving a colourful interpretation of the rich photographic sources from the Essex Records Office archive. Made from vitreous enamel, the panels complement the contemporary architectural design of this new building as well as appealing to both homeowners and passers-by. 

“The artworks operate on two distinct visual perspectives, from a distance as decorative colourful additions to the building, but on closer inspection, offering an historical reminder to the backdrop of the area.” 

Simon Pendlebury, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, commented: “We’re really pleased to honour the history of Chelmsford at Miami House with such outstanding designs. The art celebrates the building, its history and its importance as a place where people live and meet, and we offer our thanks to Dale Devereux Barker who dedicated his time to designing such iconic pieces for the local community.” 

Comprising a selection of 58 one and two bedroom Retirement Living Plus apartments, exclusively for people aged 70 and over, Miami House provides everything homeowners could want for a relaxing retirement.  

Facilities at Miami House include a stylish club lounge, ideal for socialising with new neighbours; beautiful landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a guest suite, which provides a comfortable stay for visiting family and friends. 

Designed to provide complete peace-of-mind, there is an Estates team on hand around the clock, along with a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points. An on-site bistro serves fresh and nutritious meals daily for those who do not wish to cook in their apartments, and domestic and personalised care packages can be tailored to suit individuals. 

Homeowners at Miami House can take advantage of the development’s close proximity to the Capital and to a wide selection of shops, landmarks and places of interest, including the Grade II listed Hylands House and the Chelmsford Museum. 

Prices at Miami House currently start from £350,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £450,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.  There has never been a better time to move to Miami House.  McCarthy and Stone will pay stamp duty on selected new apartments at the development for reservations made before 31st August 2019, provided the completion date is no later than 25th of October 2019. Full terms and conditions can be found online at  

Alternatively, for those interested in renting in retirement at Miami House, McCarthy and Stone will pay one month’s rent, inclusive of service charge, on selected new apartments for reservations made before 31st August 2019, providing the move in date is no later than 25th October 2019. More information can be found at

For more information about Retirement Living Plus in Chelmsford, please call 0800 201 4811 or visit