Inspired Villages selects ARJ as construction partner for its next village in Albourne, Sussex

Wednesday 20th December - Leading later living operator and developer, Inspired Villages, has today announced it will be working with ARJ Construction on its latest development in Albourne, Sussex, as work gets underway.

The Albourne project, named Wellcroft Green, once delivered in full, will provide 84 age-appropriate, sustainable homes for almost 120+ over-65’s. In addition to the apartments and cottages, there will be facilities including a restaurant, café, meeting space and wellness facilities that will be open to residents and the local community.

The development will provide further benefit to the local area and economy by creating over 80 construction jobs, and approximately 20 operational jobs once complete. Works began earlier this month and the project is expected to run until summer 2026 with the first units available for occupation by Summer 2025.

Albourne joins a fast-growing pipeline that puts Inspired Villages on track to deliver its plan of creating 34 communities comprising 5,100 homes for 8,000 over 65’s. It currently operates nine villages and Albourne will become the fourth additional site under construction with two of these villages due to open in 2024 at Hampshire sites Chandlers Ford and Horndean.

Neal Dale, Chief Property and Development Officer at Inspired Villages, commented:

“It’s great to be starting work on our Wellcroft Green village in Sussex with ARJ which follows on from us placing a build contract with Farrans for our Widmore Park project in South Oxfordshire last month. Wellcroft Green is another example of how we’re supporting the shortfall in specialist later living housing in the Sussex area.

“Wellcroft Green will follow the net zero (regulated energy) blueprint we established with our recently opened ninth village and we are proud to be leading the IRC sector’s approach to sustainability and social impact.”

ARJ was formed in Stevenage in 1991 and has steadily grown over the last 30-years to become a leading provider of quality residential developments throughout London and the Southeast.

ARJ is currently in the process of delivering over 1,100 homes in the Affordable and Later Living sectors, and is known for its collaborative approach, which helps develop optimum solutions with clients to foster long term partnerships.

Steve Doherty, Director and Joint Owner at ARJ commented: “We are delighted to be working with Inspired Villages on the Wellcroft Green village. Our business is firmly focused on delivering quality products into the residential sector, so we are excited to have been given the opportunity to begin our partnership with Inspired Villages on such a prestigious scheme.”


For more information please contact:
Natalie Fox, Head of Communications, Inspired Villages
E: [email protected]


Inspired Villages

Established in 2017, Inspired Villages is an award-winning operator and developer of later living communities in suburban and rural locations across the UK.  It is backed by a joint venture partnership between Legal & General and NatWest Group Pension Fund.

Each village offers beautiful, age-appropriate homes with a vibrant community at its heart that enriches the lives of both residents and locals thanks to the numerous wellbeing facilities and activities on offer. Along with the added benefit of flexible care options supplied by third party providers, Inspired Villages provides an outstanding lifestyle choice that promotes independent living for longer.  

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