McCarthy and Stone’s Colchester team extends the hand of friendship to local school

19 July 2019

McCarthy and Stone, the housebuilder behind the Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butt Road in Colchester, has donated a buddy bench to the neighbouring Hamilton Primary School in order to help foster friendships outside the classroom.

The brightly-coloured bench, which is now positioned in the playground, is intended to promote positive mental wellbeing, by giving pupils a special place where they can go if they are looking for a companion.

Victoria Smith, Deputy Head Teacher at Hamilton Primary School, commented: “Our school values of friendship, honesty, respect, fairness, effort and courage are very important to us, as is supporting the emotional well-being of our children. By having a buddy bench in the playground, our children can be there for each other when someone needs to talk or find someone to play with – supporting these core values. We are delighted with the bench and are extremely grateful to McCarthy and Stone for their kind donation.” 

Simon Pendlebury, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy and Stone North London, said: “We are delighted to hear that Hamilton Primary School will be making good use of the buddy bench. We understand how important it is for people of any age to feel a sense of belonging, and to have a friend they can turn to when they feel the need to talk. Loneliness isn’t just something that affects older people in our communities, but everyone, whatever their age. We hope pupils at Hamilton Primary School continue to develop long-lasting friendships from the bench.”

McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living Plus developments offer the over 70s the opportunity to maintain an independent lifestyle, while having access to tailored domestic and personal assistance packages to help them manage their day-to-day lives – and with an on-site restaurant providing freshly cooked meals for those who don’t wish to cook in their apartments.  

Currently under construction, Lancer House will feature a Club Lounge, ideal for socialising with new-found friends; a Guest Suite for when homeowners have visitors to stay; and beautifully maintained gardens. An Estates Manager will take care of the day-to-day running of the development, while secure entry systems and 24-hour emergency call points will provide added peace-of-mind. 

Prices at Lancer House currently start from £272,500 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £346,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. 

Situated less than two miles from the centre of the UK’s oldest recorded town, future homeowners at Lancer Housewill be in close proximity of an abundance of restaurants and cafes, several banks, and a variety of museums and galleries. Colchester retirees can also enjoy walks along the River Colne, as well as visits to Colchester Castle. 

More than 90% of customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the maximum Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders’ Federation for 14 years running.  It is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve a Five Star award during every year of the HBF’s awards. 

To find out more about Retirement Living Plus in Colchester, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4811 or visit