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Regis Gate, Attlee Way, Milton Regis, nears completion

By Hayley Robinson

A £7.8 million “hotel-like” complex for elderly people has reached a major milestone.

The final roof tile was placed on the Regis Gate development, which is being built by Amicus-Horizon.

It was laid by chief executive Paul Hackett during a topping out ceremony. He was joined by staff and residents as well as contractors and local dignitaries. All attendees were then given a tour of the site.

Topping out ceremony at Regis Gate development in Sittingbourne

Wyllie Court, off Attlee Way, Milton Regis, was demolished by the housing provider to make way for the new building, which is designed to be a mix of retirement and care homes.

It will feature 51 self-contained one and two-bedroom properties for rent and shared ownership, a cafe – which will serve residents with two-course meals every day – a hair salon, activity rooms, a reception area and even a place to park mobility scooters.

There will also be wifi for internet access and a guest room, as well as communal gardens and parking. Other features include under-floor heating and spa bathrooms.

Ground-floor rooms will open on to patios, while those on upper floors will have Juliet balconies at the front of the building and full balconies at the back.

Construction firm Rydon is responsible for the building work, which started last May and is due for completion in October.

AmicusHorizon chief executive Paul Hackett had the honour of placing the final roof tile at a special topping out ceremony at the new Regis Gate development

Project manager James Dickens said: “Regis Gate is a fantastic development that will provide specialist accommodation for retired people in Kent.

“We have also been able to take on five apprentices, helping to kick-start careers in the construction industry.”

People living nearby objected to the plans, which will front North Street, claiming it will be out of keeping with the area.

Two petitions with more than 100 signatures against it were also submitted to Swale council. But its planning committee gave the go-ahead towards the end of 2012.

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