Audley St.Elphin's Park wins coveted What House? Best Retirement Village Silver Award

Audley St.Elphin’s Park won the prestigious Silver award for Best Retirement Development at the What House? Awards ceremony on Friday 17th November 2012. Audley surpassed expectations when Audley Mote House in Kent also won gold in the same category.

The What House? Awards, now in their 31st year, are the most prestigious and longest established New Homes awards in the UK, and celebrate the achievements of house builders and developers across 21 award categories. The Awards highlight the exciting and pioneering projects developers in the UK are working on.

Audley St. Elphin’s Park won the award following the sympathetic restoration of St.Elphin’s House. The House forms the centrepiece of Audley St.Elphin’s Park retirement village and dates back to 1820. The historic building started life as a private residence, and during its history has been a Victorian health spa before becoming a well-known girls’ boarding school in 1904.

The judges said, "The facilities, location, and quality of the properties make this an outstanding entry and well deserving of a Silver award."

Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement, commented: "We are extremely proud of the restoration of St.Elphin’s Park. The What House? Award recognises the achievement of all involved in the project and we are very proud to be acknowledged by the industry as leading the way when it comes to the design, building and running of retirement villages.

"The village itself offers residents and members an exclusive country club, complete with terrace, restaurant and bistro facilities, and a swimming pool. This is another step in our vision to restore and develop beautiful retirement villages for independent later life living."