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Vail Williams help breathe new life into disused Southampton Care Home

October 11, 2016

A deal brokered by commercial property specialist Vail Williams on behalf of Autism Hampshire, will see former care facility 39-41 Belmont Road, Portswood, redeveloped into a brand new home for autistic children and young adults.

Recently purchased by St Andrews Holdings Ltd, the new building will be designed by award winning architects, Denvo Design, providing assisted living and care facilities with 19 light, bright one-bedroomed flats and associated communal and staff facilities, just a short walk from Portswood High Street.

The property was owned by Autism Hampshire for over 30 years. However, following the Charity’s decision that the communal accommodation offered there was no longer fit for purpose, it was decided to dispose of the building. Vail Williams secured the sale to St Andrew Holdings Ltd, who is experienced in providing care to local communities and
running similar successful facilities that provide assisted living accommodation across the UK.

Health and wellbeing of the residents is a key driver of the new design, which features large window areas to the flats and natural lighting to the corridors and main atrium staircase. The building will also be predominantly pre-fabricated off site, reducing any potential disruption to the local neighbourhood. The construction will be to a high standard of thermal and acoustic insulation to keep residents’ heating bills to a minimum, whilst also providing a calming environment by reducing noise nuisance. Products and technologies will also be included to minimize residents’ electricity and water usage.

Externally, the scheme will feature a green roof, providing a pleasing outlook for the surrounding properties and preventing storm water from surcharging the existing drainage system. The rear garden will have a communal seating area and meandering footpath, raised beds of sensory plants and boundary planting of shrubs and semi-mature trees.

The overall design will create an attractive living environment for the residents, whilst also making a positive contribution to the street scene and to those neighbouring properties
overlooking the site.

Alex Gauntlett, Graduate Surveyor at Vail Williams said “We are delighted to be involved in the sale on behalf of Autism Hampshire. Our marketing campaign received great interest from a variety of local experts, so we’re pleased that our strong local knowledge and expertise has enabled us to secure St Andrews Holdings Ltd as the right buyer. The future for this property appears very bright and it’s great to see that it is being retained as a local community asset.”

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