BEING based in the heart of the community, it was only right that the people of Poole came together to celebrate the grand opening of Platinum Skies new retirement living site Esprit, on High Street North. The Deputy Mayor of Poole, Councillor Bryan Dion joined homeowners and guests to perform the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the new development, which features a stylish collection of one and two bedroom apartments.
Designed exclusively for those aged 55 and over, the affordable homes start from £99,500 and are available on a shared ownership basis, where the company is pioneering an accessible and affordable route to a dream retirement.
Esprit is a collection of 55 well-designed apartments conveniently placed on High Street North. It’s aimed squarely at those who are fed-up with the usual isolated locations and high costs of average retirement developments.
Attendees at the Esprit official opening had the opportunity to chat with key figures from the local community such as Sir Robert Syms MP for Poole, Leader of BCP Council, Cllr Vikki Slade and to meet the friendly Platinum Skies team. Also showing their support were John Kearney from the Government’s Homes England affordable housing scheme and Mark Major, Associate Director of Operations at Poole Hospital Foundation Trust.
Guests also had the honour of being among the first to enjoy Esprit’s own impressive facilities include an on-site bistro that will be open to the public, adjoining the communal private lounge, an area perfect for meals and after dinner drinks.
Each of the apartments have been carefully designed with owner independence at the forefront. The open-plan homes are flooded with natural light and the kitchens and bathrooms have all been equipped with the latest in low-maintenance, energy efficient technology.
Balconies in the higher apartments offer sweeping views of Poole Harbour and the Dorset countryside beyond. Friends and family wishing to stay overnight can be booked into one of the self-contained guest suites, creating a comfortable and stress-free home environment for residents and visitors alike.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Mayor of Poole, Councillor Bryan Dion said: “It was an absolute pleasure to see first-hand what a fantastic development Esprit is and the many benefits it will bring to retirees. Poole will also benefit hugely with every £1 spent here.”
David Hines, Chief Operating Officer at Platinum Skies said: “We believe maintaining control and independence is important to everyone, regardless of age. Here at Esprit in the heart of Poole, we aim to create an environment that feels less like retirement and more of a lifestyle choice. Our society faces huge pressures on how we house, care and fund the retired. We employ over 300 people locally and not a week goes by without one of them telling me how privileged they feel to play such a key role in our community.”
As with all Platinum Skies homes, there is an on-site Lifestyle Manager helping to build a dynamic community as well as offering support to each of the residents. Platinum Skies are committed to long-term partnerships with their buyers, whatever support or care may be required.
Taking the stress out of moving, the company can manage the sale of residents’ previous property and assist with packing, removals and unpacking. Handling every last detail, the committed after-care service can even assist with selling, donating or disposing of unwanted furniture, and provide a handyman to perfect any finishing touches in the new home – making residents’ move to Esprit as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Platinum Skies also manage and maintain all elements of their developments, ensuring that the exceptionally high standards are maintained.
Platinum Skies’ flexible ownership scheme makes this lifestyle accessible and financially smart. Residents do not have to sacrifice their independence and the convenience of a bustling town centre for the comforts of serviced living.
Rental payments, service charge, ground rent and event fees apply. Purchasers must meet age and eligibility requirements. Platinum Skies is a Registered Social Landlord regulated by and registered with Homes England (No.4836).
Further Platinum Skies affordable retirement sites are located at Vista, a collection of apartments in Lower Parkstone overlooking the beauty of Poole harbour, Chapters a new retirement village in the heart of the historic city of Salisbury and Monterey in a prime location in Christchurch.
PICTURED ABOVE: Caption: L-R Deputy Mayoress of Poole, Xena Dion with Deputy Mayor of Poole, Councillor Bryan Dion and David Hines, Chief Operating Officer at Platinum Skies