Rangeford Villages is taking over the management of later living village Mickle Hill in Pickering, North Yorkshire from 1 October, which it developed in partnership with national older person’s charity Methodist Homes (MHA) in 2016.
Mickle Hill comprises 90 apartments and 78 bungalows, all with their own front door. In-house care services are available and onsite amenities include a cinema, hair salon, gym, jacuzzi, library, convenience shop and café bistro.
MHA stated that Mickle Hill no longer fits with the direction in which it wishes its retirement living services to develop, so it is using the timing of the contract renewal to withdraw from managing the village.
Rangeford Villages has committed to maintaining that the quality of services at Mickle Hill and said the lives of residents will not be adversely affected by the transfer. All staff are being retained including village manager Gillian Green.
Rangeford Villages has experience of developing and operating villages and communities for people aged 60-plus in the UK, and has other developments in its portfolio including Wadswick Green in Corsham and Siddington Park in Cirencester.
Howard Nankivell, chief executive of Rangeford Villages said: “We are pleased to have collaborated with MHA in the creation of a highly successful community for over 60s in Pickering and we are excited to embark on this journey ahead and take over the management of Mickle Hill. We look forward to bringing our expertise to the village, which we are already very familiar with, and are excited about expanding our business model. We put our residents at the heart of everything we do, and our aim is to empower residents to nurture their lifestyle choices and ensure each resident does not just exist but thrives in later life.
“We will be managing the transfer process with the best levels of communication and openness possible to minimise any disruption to the smooth operating of the village.”
Dan Ryan, director of operations at MHA said: “We have been proud to manage Mickle Hill over the last few years and have worked hard to provide high-quality accommodation, facilities and wellbeing services to our residents. However, following a recent review and the fact the contract for providing management services was also up for review, we have made the difficult decision to end our management of the site. After working in partnership with Rangeford over the last few years, we are confident that they are the ideal operators to take over management of the village and will continue to provide the same high standards to our residents.
Date published: July 1, 2021