Futuristic housing development Beaufields in Collingham offers community feel
A futuristic and friendly housing development has created a community environment where residents say they are proud to live.
The Beaufields, at Coll-ingham, is aimed at those aged 55 and over who want a low-maintenance home.
Built by a environmentally-conscious company Gusto Homes, Beaufields allows residents to live independently while being part of a community.
Thanks to the eco-design, one resident revealed they rarely put their heating on.
The site was named after a pig called Beau who used to live on the site before the development.
“We decided to move to The Beaufields as we are both nearing retirement and wanted to downsize,” said Kevin and Linda Wood.
“We were drawn to the peacefulness of the development and the community aspect.
“We love our new apartment, have lovely neighbours and some great new friends.
“We have been impressed by Gusto Homes who have been brilliant from start to finish and they have made us feel so welcome.
“We are so happy we made the move.”
The apartments are available in a variety of configurations and built to accommodate people as they get older with lifts in place and wide corridors for easy maneuverability.
There are also several bungalows in the development for those that require more space and a private garden.
“The best thing about The Beaufields is the friendliness of the residents and the wonderful community here,” said Ken Slone.
“Beaufields is very looked after with outdoor gardens, allotments, games room, visitor’s suite, coffee lounge, scooter store, large carpark — they have thought of everything.”
Artworkby the local artists adorn the walls of the community spaces.
Activities are at the forefront of the development with different interests covered for residents.
“My favourite thing to get involved in is The Beaufields House choir, I go weekly and I really enjoy it,” said Mr Slone.
“There is plenty to get involved in, other things are art club, pilates, and coffee mornings.”
Louise Roberts, the community and estates manager, says she loves her role and the community being developed at The Beaufields.
“The Beaufields has been specifically designed for those who wish to live independently in a safe and comfortable environment,” said Louise.
“Beaufields House and its communal gardens are at the heart of our community and where residents can socialise and enjoy the different activities and events we host.”
Georgia Wright, of Gusto Homes, said: “Over the last 12 months, the community has really come together, friendships have been formed and it’s nice to see the residents openly support each other,” said Roberts.
“Moving home and re-establishing yourself in a new area can be quite overwhelming and I find it rewarding to be able to offer support and assistance, often signposting residents to an appropriate service or local provider within the village or surrounding area.”