Homes to be named af­ter two bombers

Re­tire­ments build­ings to be lo­cated at old RAF site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Imo­gen Robin­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

NEW retirement homes built at a former RAF base in Ick­en­ham will be named af­ter two Sec­ond World War bombers.

McCarthy and Stone, who are de­vel­op­ing land in High Road, will ac­knowl­edge the his­tory of the lo­ca­tion by call­ing two blocks Lan­caster House and Lysander House af­ter the two mod­els of planes that se­cured vic­tory for Bri­tain in the war.

The com­pany said it is keen to en­gage with com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing schools, to make sure that im­por­tant mes­sages are not lost on chil­dren.

In the run-up to Re­mem­brance Sun­day, they in­vited pupils at Bishop Win­ning­tonIn­gram CofE Pri­mary School, in Ruis­lip, to cre­ate a time cap­sule, con­tain­ing chil­dren’s thoughts on what they have learned about the Sec­ond World War and VE day.

Elaine Strat­ford, di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing at McCarthy & Stone, said: “In Ick­en­ham, work is now well un­der way on our dual retirement and as­sisted liv­ing de­vel­op­ment, sit­u­ated on the former RAF West Ruis­lip site on High Road.

“As we mark 70 years since the end of the war, we wanted to pay our re­spects to those who fou fought in World Wa War Two by na nam­ing our de de­vel­op­ment b build­ings L Lan­caster House and Lysander H House, as a fit fit­ting trib­ute to the im­por­tant bomber planes which ar­guably se­cured our vic­tory in 1945. Both names have now been ap­proved by Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don Coun­cil.”

Lan­caster House and Lysander House will pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for re­tired peo­ple look­ing to down­size in the Ick­en­ham area, where al­most 14,000 peo­ple are aged over 65.

Ms Strat­ford added: “We have re­ceived high lev­els of in­ter­est from lo­cal peo­ple.”

Con­struc­tion of the new de­vel­op­ment is now un­der way and the first oc­cu­pants are ex­pected to move in in sum­mer 2016.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the de­vel­op­ment can call McCarthy& Stone on 0800 2014811 or see www. mc­carthyand­

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