Retirement village ready for Christmas

Celebrating an award and the construction of a retirement village in Dunedin being on schedule to welcome its first residents at Christmas are (from left) Summerset at Bishopcourt sales manager Tony Bennett, site foreman John Sinclair, site contract manager Paddy Bleach and village manager Russell Walters. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Celebrating an award and the construction of a retirement village in Dunedin being on schedule to welcome its first residents at Christmas are (from left) Summerset at Bishopcourt sales manager Tony Bennett, site foreman John Sinclair, site contract manager Paddy Bleach and village manager Russell Walters. Photo by Jane Dawber.

The $15 million retirement village being built in Dunedin is on track and will be ready for its first residents in Christmas.

Summerset at Bishopcourt village manager Russell Walters said the first stage of construction on the 1.9ha site in Wakari included 30 two-bedroom villas and, despite some bad weather, would be ready for its first residents late next month.

A smaller one-bedroom apartment was also being built for a Hawkes Bay grandmother who had been coaxed back to Dunedin by her grandchildren, he said.

The retirement village chain was named best retirement village operator in Australasia at the Over-50s Housing Awards in Melbourne earlier this month, so Mr Walters celebrated yesterday, sharing a chocolate cake with the other three Summerset at Bishopcourt staff - sales manager Tony Bennett, site foreman John Sinclair and site contract manager Paddy Bleach.

Mr Walters had managed the Queenstown apartments Mantra Marina, but felt ready for the career change to managing the retirement village after caring for his mother for seven months after she had a stroke.

The second stage of construction had begun and included another 30 villas, he said.

The third and final stage would include 20 apartments, 20 care apartments and a 40-bed care centre with hospital level care, he said.

The village would include a cafe, resident bar, hairdressing salon, a doctor's room, library and bowling green, he said.

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