A NEW chapter has begun in the life of Leamington’s historic Binswood Hall which has been transformed into a luxury retirement village.
The £20 million transformation of the one time Leamington College for Boys – which counted jet engine inventor Frank Whittle among its old boys – has created 90 apartments, ranging from £295,000 to £795,000, within the Grade II-listed Gothic building.
The development, for people aged 55 and over, also includes the Audley Club, which includes Whittle’s restaurant, named in honour of Sir Frank, as well as a lounge bar, library, swimming pool and health and wellbeing centre. All facilities will be available to those who live at the village and a limited membership for non-residents.
Built in 1847, Binswood Hall was inspired by Hampton Court Palace. It has been home to several schools during its lifetime, most recently North Leamington School’s Sixth Form centre, before its renovation.
The village was officially opened by Audley Chief Executive Nick Sanderson and Lady Willoughby de Broke on Thursday May 17.
Mr Sanderson said: “We are pleased to open this magnificent building to another generation of inhabitants and are proud of the hard work that countless people have put in to ensure that Binswood Hall remains one of the jewels of Leamington.
“Retirement as we have known it is changing and as we break away from the past we must meet the ambitions and not just the needs of a discerning and growing demographic.
“Audley’s proposition is based, first and foremost, on what our customer wants and to ensure they can live independently and on their own terms. We have an ageing population in this country and to successfully navigate this shift we must – society, government and industry – change our way of thinking and bring innovative solutions to the fore.”
Lady Willoughby de Broke, Chairman of the Patrons and Supporters scheme for nearby Compton Verney Art Gallery, said: “It is magnificent to see buildings such as Binswood Hall given a new purpose and restored to their full and proper glory.
“Warwickshire is home to some of Britain’s most beautiful buildings which must be protected and shared. Audley and I share a commitment to maintaining the architectural heritage and beauty of our stately homes. It is heartening to know that a bright future has been secured for Binswood Hall and those who will live here.”