The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) has acquired a new care home development site in Portsmouth, as part of the trust’s centenary project to develop a home for Portsmouth Naval Base veterans.
The RNBT helps those who are serving or have served as warrant officers and below in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
The scheme will have 66 beds and is due complete in late spring next year with the potential to create between 50 and 60 jobs in the city. It is being developed by purpose-built residential care home developer, LNT Care Developments.
Permission for the scheme was granted by Portsmouth City Council in October. The Royal Navy is supporting the development, which will be named Admiral Jellicoe House after the founder of the RNBT, and has presented the home with a badge taken from the crest of a 1938 battleship which was to be named HMS Jellicoe.
Nick Fletcher, chairman of trustees at the RNBT, said: “This most important project will deliver residential, nursing and dementia care for naval veterans in Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy. It will be the centrepiece of our centenary – what better way to mark our 100 years of care than by building such an impressive and important care home for naval veterans.”
Property consultancy Knight Frank advised on the deal. Mandip Bhogal, associate in healthcare at Knight Frank, said: “This is an exciting and socially impactful acquisition that will deliver state-of-the-art residential care for local naval veterans. We are pleased to have advised on this strategic site acquisition which will provide high-quality care while creating jobs for the local community. Admiral Jellicoe House is an excellent example of the types of care home development opportunities available in the residential care space, as the UK’s ageing population puts pressure on the need for top-quality care homes, which has only been further highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Date published: March 15, 2021