Work has just begun at the site of what will become a brand-new thriving retirement community, exclusively for the over 60s in Erdington, in Birmingham.

McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement properties, has started work on site on Orphanage Road in preparation for the construction of a new Retirement Living development, which will offer a choice of cost-effective one and two-bedroom apartments exclusively available as part of a government-backed Shared Ownership scheme.

Helping to minimise its environmental impact, the retirement housebuilder will employ Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) – an innovative approach that reduces environmental impact and build time and helps deliver energy efficient homes. 

In 2023, 10 of its developments were built using MMC. This represents a doubling from five in 2022, with the company set to further increase its use of MMC on 25 developments this year.

The key to MMC is the use of Remagin’s (formally known as Sigmat) eco-friendly, dynamic Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF). The selection of Remagin LGSF also enables the development to be completed at a lower cost than would be the case with traditional construction methods, making the development more affordable to retirees within the local area.

This enables much of the build to take place off-site, with the completed sections then lifted into place – keeping on course for predicted project completion and cutting the impact on the environment and the local neighbourhood.

Efficiency is critical given the burgeoning demand for high-quality retirement homes in the area. As a result of the speed of the build, the development is set to release for sale early next year and welcome its first occupants in Autumn 2025.

The use of MMC can also contribute positively to overall thermal performance of a building, reducing energy costs for future homeowners and adding further to the list of benefits of downsizing to an apartment within a McCarthy Stone community.

Declan Fishwick, Business Development Manager at McCarthy Stone, said: “We’ve been using MMC since 2021 and it now forms an integral aspect of our new build programme, with the ability to cut overall build times by several weeks. Indeed, MMC is a cornerstone of our drive to be a net zero business by 2030.

“Our new Erdington development is aimed specifically at enhancing the availability of more affordable housing in and around Erdington through the McCarthy Stone’s Shared Ownership scheme in partnership with Homes England, so retirees can enjoy the lifestyle they’ve dreamed of without having to commit to the full purchase price.”

Shared Ownership looks to make ‘rightsizing’ an affordable option for thousands more retirees living in the area. It provides a helping hand by reducing the upfront cost of a new retirement living property, through providing a choice of ownerships up to 75%.

Located within short distance of Birmingham city centre, the new addition to Orphanage Road will encourage those aged 60 and over to live their retirement to the fullest. Well-maintained gardens can be enjoyed all year round while an elegant communal lounge will sit at the heart of day-to-day life, providing ample space for regular social activities.

For peace of mind, a House Manager will be on-site during office hours to help keep everything running smoothly, and with all the latest safety and security features, homeowners and their families will have peace of mind knowing that there is a 24-hour emergency call system, intruder alarms, fire detection and a door camera entry system included as standard.

Those wanting to take a closer look at the stylish interiors and the little details unique to the McCarthy Stone lifestyle can take a look at the virtual tours, which are now available on the McCarthy Stone website, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to explore the accommodation and social spaces.

More than nine out of 10 customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this rating every year it has taken part in the survey.