Stage two opens in September
- Trevor Walton
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Residents will be moving into their new homes in stage two of Woburn Apartments, Lower Hutt, in early September. This will follow a ceremonial stone laying by Wellington and Lower Hutt Freemasons on 19 August.
Woburn Apartments is the latest and most ambitious development for The Masonic Villages Trust and its charitable operating company, Masonic Villages Limited.
Woburn Apartments manager Chris Wilson says the new community has been well-received by retirees with about half the 39 apartments in stage two sold off the plans.
“This is a high quality boutique development. We are large enough to offer residents a full range of activities. At the same time we are small enough for them to maintain their individuality and for the concierge and me to be responsive to their needs,” he says.
“For many residents, a big selling point is the fact that Masonic Villages Limited is a charitable company. Any surpluses it makes are used to improve facilities and services for the benefit of residents.”
Wilson says residents have been enjoying the 47 apartments in stage one since they were completed in February 2015. They have access to two conservatories, a small library, a ‘men’s shed’, and a bar and lounge looking over the Hutt River.
“However most of the community amenities are in stage two. The new reception, with its two-storey atrium, gives the Apartments a sense of style. But the sense of community will develop in the lounge bar, gym, art & craft room, café, library, snooker room, movie theatre and indoor bowls areas. In addition there is a business centre, with a computer suite, printer and newspaper table.
“These join Bar West and the conservatory in stage one, facilities that have proved to be extremely popular with residents and their visitors. The men’s shed has also been shown to meet a real need among residents.”
The Apartments are located in Wai-iti Crescent, one of the smarter addresses in Lower Hutt, next door to the highly regarded Woburn Masonic Care rest home and hospital.
Chief executive Warick Dunn says the Trust currently has other developments underway at its existing villages in Levin and New Plymouth. It is also exploring the possible development of new villages, or mergers with existing villages, in towns where there is strong community support for the Trust’s charitable offering.
Photo: The conservatory in stage one. This is being joined by a host of new amenities following the completion of stage two