Press Release - December 2008
ST GEORGE’S PARK VOTED UK’S BEST RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT 2008
St George’s Park, Ditchling, has been voted the UK’s Best Retirement Development
2008 in the prestigious What House property industry awards. This is the second
award this year, coming a few months after the development won a Pinders
Healthcare Design Award in April.
The retirement village is set in 250 acres of rolling lawns, resplendent
landscaped gardens and extensive farmland located just north of the South Downs,
an area of outstanding natural beauty.
A total of 235 apartments are being built on this country estate owned by the
Augustinian Order. All the units in the first phase and second phases have now
sold, with 100 people currently enjoying living in one of the most visionary
developments for the over 60s available on the market.
According to What House, St. George’s Park ‘has it all, including an unbeatable
location in the South Downs of Sussex’.
In the Judge’s Report, it states: “In short, St. George’s Park is where,
regardless of ability, residents can enjoy their retirement to the full in the
manner that best suits them – whether that’s in the gym, the library or on one
of the allotments. The bar for retirement villages has definitely been raised.”
Philip Smith, Marketing Director at St George’s Park,said he was thrilled with
the result: “This is a real feather in the cap for the entire team here at
Augustinian Living. For the past four years, we’ve been working hard to create a
retirement development with a difference and it is great to be recognised for
And Brendan Redmond, Relationship Director at Bank of Ireland, which is backing
the scheme, says: “This award is well deserved. We have a longstanding
relationship with the team behind St George’s
Park and we’ve been impressed by their approach from the outset. Throughout the
project they’ve shown an unswerving commitment to create a development, which
represents the future in terms of integrated assisted living provision. We are
delighted to have been able to support them.”
The panel of judges made up of experienced journalists, broadcasters, architects
and landscape gardeners. The winners were announced at a Gala presentation lunch
held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Phase III is due for completion in Spring 2009 with prices starting at £340,000.
For further information contact the sales office on 01444 259732 or visit www.stgeorgespark.co.uk.
Notes to editors
The What House? Awards are the most highly respected symbols of prestige and
excellence in housebuilding, giving winners the ultimate sales and marketing
edge over the competition. The What House? brand boasts the best editorial
pedigree in writing about new homes, and whose coverage of the housebuilding
market spans almost 100 years.
A panel of property experts selected by What House? independently judges
shortlisted entrants. The awards are open to all housebuilders and developers,
large and small, as well as housing associations.
For more press information, contact David Taylor at Adventis PR on 020 7034 4723
For Bank of Ireland press information, please contact Sandra Grandison on 0203
201 6509 or Claire Gorman on Tel 0203 201 6510.