Behind the scenes at McCarthy & Stone's Harrow development

19 October 2017

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The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, is giving locals a glimpse into life on site at its new Assisted Living development, Randolph House in Harrow.

Dave Ridot, who has 15 years’ experience as a site manager, is at the helm of the build programme for the new development on Northwick Park Road, which will comprise 28 one bedroom and 21 two bedroom Assisted Living apartments, exclusively for those aged 70 and over.

Having started his career as an apprentice in carpentry and joinery after leaving school, Dave worked his way up to site manager; and, prior to this latest project, he oversaw the build of McCarthy and Stone North London’s flagship development Heritage Place in Ickenham.  A dual Retirement and Assisted Living development, Heritage Place took two years to complete and had a 100% positive response rate from the NHBC homeowners’ survey.

Commenting on his role, Dave says: “Being a site manager can be demanding as you are constantly going at a 100mph, but it is incredibly rewarding to see the project through from start to finish. Construction at Randolph House is progressing at a strong pace since we the build programme got underway in August last year, and you can really start the development take shape now.

“We have employed a range of professionals from our head office and from the local area to help deliver this landmark building. This includes seven site staff and around 40 operatives from brick layers to labourers who are pulling the ground-work together.”

The first apartments at Randolph House are due to be released for off-plan sales in spring 2017, with the first homeowners set to be welcomed in August 2017.  A host of local jobs have been created on site including a traffic marshal, crane driver, banksman and labourers; and it is estimated that, as construction continues to progress, further jobs in areas such as plumbing, electrics, dry liners, painters and decorators will follow.

Dave adds: “For Assisted Living developments such as Randolph House, we pay extra attention to the design features that will help make life easier for homeowners, such as raised plug sockets and mid-height ovens. We will also include a lift to all floors and wheelchair accessibility throughout.

“The best part of the job is the sense of pride and achievement, that not just myself, but the whole team feels when the project is completed. Once apartments are released for off-plan sales, I look forward to talking with our future homeowners and chatting through the plans for their own apartment.  It’s a great feeling once everything is complete and they are happily moved in.”

Elaine Stratford, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, comments: “Our latest development in Harrow will be a real gem for the company, and we are thrilled it is in the experienced and capable hands of site manager, Dave Ridot. We have secured a prime spot in Harrow for Randolph House, and we have no doubt it will prove popular, so we are urging prospective homeowners to register their interest as soon as possible.”

McCarthy and Stone’s Assisted Living developments are carefully designed to enable homeowners to retain their independence surrounded by the luxury they deserve. At Randolph House, the YourLife Management Services team will provide flexible care and support packages tailored to individual needs, providing added peace-of-mind for homeowners and their family.

Randolph House will also feature landscaped gardens, a Club Lounge with Wi-Fi access, a car park, and a Guest Suite for visiting friends and family. An on-site table service restaurant will serve freshly prepared meals daily; and the development will also be extremely secure, with an intruder alarm, camera entry system, Estates Manager, and fire detection equipment. For those with limited mobility, there will be lift access to every floor, as well as wheelchair accessibility and domestic assistance.

Randolph House is in walking distance of a local supermarket and is less than half a mile to the two large shopping centres next to Harrow-on-the-Hill train station. Harrow is also located on the London Underground network, so homeowners can easily take the tube into central London.

Those interested in Assisted Living at McCarthy and Stone’s Harrow development are invited to call 0800 201 4811 or visit Interested parties can also visited the show complex at Heritage Place in nearby Ickenham.