Having been awarded a £2M grant from the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Veterans Accommodation Fund, the Royal British Legion chose to develop their site in Aylesford, Kent.
The grant, together with its own matched funding, is being used to build 24 fully adapted apartments to provide accommodation for single wounded, injured and sick veterans and will also feature a garden donated from the Chelsea Flower Show. The site is currently home to ‘temporary’ bungalows constructed after the 2nd World War.
Working with Clague Architects, the quantity surveyors Betteridge & Milsom and contractors Jenner, we carried out initial ground investigations and topographic surveys for the site, followed by the full civil and structural design for the project. Jenner started on site at the end of May, and we attended the brick laying ceremony to officially mark the beginning of the work.
Mark Lancaster, current Under-Secretary of State for Defence, attended the event, himself a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers. He was met by RBLI’s Chief Executive Steve Sherry CMG OBE. Other attendees included Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, and members of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, as well as residents from RBLI’s existing housing developments.
We are proud to be involved in such an interesting project. We will keep you up to date with how the project comes along.