I had the pleasure of attending an information day held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, April 23, for those interested in finding out more about Richmond Villages Aston-on-Trent new retirement village development and had the pleasure to officially launch the complex's showroom.
The information day gave visitors the chance to view the show apartment, find out what accommodation is available and look at computer-generated images of the retirement village.
Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, said: "We want to give people a real flavour for what living at a Richmond village is like and ensure they get the information they need on all aspects of Richmond retirement living.
"Construction is progressing well and we are on schedule to welcome the first residents in the autumn of 2016.
"We are delighted with the interest shown in this development and with 80% of the village apartments already sold off plan, it demonstrates the demand for this type of high-quality retirement accommodation. The main village centre building, which includes the suites and care home plus all the communal facilities such as restaurant, bar and wellness spa, will be completed by spring 2017."
"These properties are ideal for those who want to live independently yet like the idea of being in a safe and sociable community with care and assistance close at hand if required.
"We listened carefully to what our clients wanted, which included having a large living space and up to two large bedrooms, especially important if someone is downsizing."
Richmond Aston-on-Trent is the company's seventh retirement village, and, once completed, will provide 125 homes for those over 55 and 60 care home beds providing 24-hour support.
I was particularly pleased to do this because I was able to meet local residents to talk about concerns about unwanted further building of homes in and around Aston/Weston on Trent and also stress that this Retirement Village and the 75 homes to be built with it are the final pieces to the jig saw of finishing off development in Aston and there is no need for any more after these.