Work is expected to get under way before the end of the year on the Royal British Legion Industries’ Centenary Village, designed to support vulnerable veterans and their families.

RBLI’s fundraising success has seen it secure 75% of its £22m target giving it the confidence to go to the next phase of the project.

Thanks to Greenwich Hospital, work can begin on the development which will deliver 22 apartments, each designed to be fully accessible and house single veterans in urgent need. The village will also include 16 new family homes and a further 24 assisted-living apartments. At the heart of the project, which will sit alongside RBLI’s existing village, care homes and manufacturing facility in Kent, will be a state-of-the-art community centre with accessible gym.

The new village at Aylesford, near Maidstone, will support hundreds of injured ex-service personnel and their families every year for decades to come through new adapted homes, integrated nursing care, mental health support and access to the charity’s exceptional on-site employability services.

Commenting on the news, Tim Wolfe-Murray, Partner at Canterbury-based Clague Architects who lead on the design of the Centenary Village, said: “Being part of such an important legacy project and one which will support some of the bravest people in our community is an honour.

“The designs for the next phase of the Centenary Village have been developed in close collaboration with RBLI to ensure they fully meet the exacting requirements of veterans and their families, regardless of their situation, and at the same time make a very positive statement about RBLI’s commitment to improving lives every day.”

In recognition of the charity’s generous £2m donation, the assisted living building at the new Centenary Village will be named ‘Greenwich House’.

Greenwich Hospital can trace its history back to 1694 and is one of the oldest military charities in the country. It supports serving and retired Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their dependents with benevolence support, educational bursaries, sheltered housing schemes and vital outreach projects across the UK.


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