Residents set to move in at flats for war veterans
A £3.4 million project to provide two blocks of flats for wounded and sick war veterans has been completed.
The first residents have now moved in to the 24 one and twobedroom homes to the east of Quarry Wood Industrial Estate off Hermitage Lane, Aylesford.
The scheme was put forward by Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) with funds from the Armed Forces Covenant Libor Fund in a bid to cope with the high demand for accommodation for ex-servicemen and women who need special facilities to live their lives to the full. They were approved by planning officials in 2015.
The RBLI already provides homes in the Royal British Legion Village, including Gavin Astor House and Queen Elizabeth Court but these meet a different need. The development is aimed at senior veterans and younger service leavers, with the intention of creating a small sustainable community for ex-forces personnel.
The flats were designed by Kent-based Clague Architects and feature adjustable worktops, extra-wide door frames, lighter doors, wet-rooms and other mod cons that will make the veterans’ lives easier.
The complex – with buildings named Invictus Games House and Victory House – will have a courtyard at its centre. It will house a former gold medal winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden, designed by Jo Thompson, which has been donated by the Chelsea Barracks Foundation.
Tim Wolfe-Murray, partner at the architects, said: “Projects like this always give you an extra bit of satisfaction in the fact that you are making a difference to people’s lives.
“We could not be prouder of the work that has been done here and we know that it is going to have a major impact on the lives of so many of our country’s veterans.”
James Rudoni, director of RBLI Living, said: “These stunning new apartments, which are specifically tailored for veterans and their dependents – particularly those who are at risk of homelessness and facing challenges due to disability, will become a home to people who may otherwise struggle.”
Troops on patrol in Iraq. Inset, Invictus Games House and Victory House are new flats created for sick and wounded veterans near Quarry Wood Industrial Estate off Hermitage Lane, Aylesford