The development will take place on a brownfield site which used to be the ABC Cinema

McAleer and Rushe enters later-living sector with Royal Tunbridge Wells development

McAleer & Rushe has entered the later-living sector after been appointed by Retirement Villages Group (RVG) as the construction partner for an integrated retirement community in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The new development, which brings is situated on a brownfield site which was formally the ABC cinema, plans to create 167 one- and two-bedroom later living apartments arranged around a central courtyard with nine lower ground floor retail units.

the architecture is planned to reflect that of the art deco cinema that formerly occupied the site, and the mid-century town hall which faces the building.

The development design will implement an all-electric heating and hot water model through roof top ASHP systems, while the apartments will be complemented by communal amenity spaces including a restaurant, private dining rooms, and wellness facilities.

According to McAleer & Rushe, the site has a complex site topography, including a nine-metre differential in levels and positioned above a Network Rail tunnel.

Shane McCullagh, director at McAleer and Rushe, said:  “We see the later living sector increasing in the market, to meet the needs of today’s society for modern retirement housing that centres on community and social connection.

“We look forward to working closely with RVG to bring their vision to life, to create and integrate an enhanced retirement community with the wider urban town setting, benefiting all in the transformation of this brownfield site.”


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