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Adlington Retirement Living bolsters land team

James Heyworth, Land Director, Adlington Retirement Living

Adlington Retirement Living has announced the appointment of James Heyworth as Land Director as part of its ambition to achieve six new retirement community sites a year.

James joins the business with more than 27 years’ experience in the development sector, having led land acquisition for prominent projects in the North West including: The Hacienda; 1 Deansgate; and Alderley Park.

James said: “I’m excited to move from open market housing to land acquisition for independent retirement communities. The senior living sector is experiencing obvious growth that is set to continue as we address the housing needs of our ageing population.”

The new appointment is part of a move to scale up the Adlington Retirement Living land team as part of its growth strategy.

Dr Ed Gladman, Managing Director of Adlington Retirement Living, said: “We’re a future-facing company with a strong track record. Since 2009, we have launched 14 Independent Retirement Communities across the North West, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands. We’ve already moved from one new site every two years, to three sites every year. Our ambition is to move to six new sites each year and we’re growing our team as part of our commitment to make that happen.”

The family owned and run business is already one of the top three companies that design, build and operate Independent Retirement Communities in the UK. In the past five years it has grown from 45 employees to a team of more than 120, including its in-house land team, planners, architects, designers, construction team, and sales and marketing colleagues.

In 2019, the business launched Adlington Management Services, to provide a consistent, outstanding service to its homeowners. They are responsible for the practical aspects of running a retirement community, such as maintaining the building, as well as the more emotional aspects. That part of their role is all about creating a caring, supportive environment to positively contribute to the health, happiness and well-being of homeowners. They ensure that every homeowner’s experience exceeds their expectations.

Dr Ed Gladman adds: “Our vision is to empower the older generation to live a long, happy and healthy life. We do this by creating quality retirement communities in safe and secure environments and providing our Homeowners with stimulating activities, extensive communal facilities and beautiful private gardens.”

Adlington Retirement Living has more than 850 happy homeowners. A recent homeowner survey confirmed that 100% would recommend living in an Adlington Retirement Community to friends or family.

James will be responsible for reviewing new sites, new opportunities and appraising their potential in line with Adlington Retirement Living’s stringent criteria. He will report to Josh Kite, Land & Planning Director for Adlington Retirement Living, who has been a key member of the Land Team since 2015.