Real bringing new sheltered homes to Kent

Kent-based mhs homes group has appointed Real to redevelop a former sheltered housing scheme, Hallwood House in Chatham
Hallwood House CGI

Kent-based mhs homes group has appointed Real to redevelop a former sheltered housing scheme, Hallwood House in Chatham that was earmarked for demolition in 2019. Real will build 46 residential apartments for sheltered accommodation for affordable rent.

Real, a recently established construction and regeneration business, already has three older living facilities on site in Siddington, Winchester, Barnet and now Kent which combined will provide over 330 homes for senior living.

Paul Nicholls, Chief Executive of Real, said: “This is another important contract win for us to support housing providers to create thriving, sustainable homes and communities. ‘Legend living’ was a phrase I heard and liked recently which effectively means offering suitable accommodation for all of us as we enter our later years.

“We are seeing a lot of activity in this area of the market and we are really pleased that, up against stiff competition, mhs homes group have selected Real to deliver this particular project for them and we intend to deliver an excellent product.”

mhs homes is a charitable housing association based in Medway, who provide homes for affordable rent, market rent and shared ownership in six different local authority areas. Their assistant director of development and sales, Gemma Hancock, said: “We’re extremely confident in Real’s ability to deliver this important project for us and we look forward to working with them over the coming months. We’re not just proud to provide affordable, quality housing across north Kent, but to provide homes for people with a variety of needs. It’s an important element of our purpose and strategy so we’re delighted to be adding another development to our sheltered living portfolio and create homes for those in need.”

Real has also recently won a place on the £250m South East Consortium framework to build affordable homes and other projects for housing associations and local authorities over the next three years.

Image courtesy Real.

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