Bank Manager the ‘perfect’ VIP for Fleur-de-Lis Christchurch Grand Opening

The Managing Director of Renaissance Retirement - Britain’s fastest growing specialist retirement developer - knew instinctively who should be the VIP at his latest luxury development Grand Opening.

Instead of inviting the usual MPs and dignitaries, Bob Taylor picked up the phone to his bank manager without any hesitation.

In actual fact it was the chief executive who Bob had worked closely with for 15 years. Robert Orr, Chief Executive of Titlestone Property Finance was only too happy to travel to Christchurch from London for the official cutting of the ribbon and tour of the development.

Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis Christchurch is the latest of seven schemes being funded by Titlestone Property Finance. The company has enjoyed a successful launch with the development 30 per cent sold.

"Robert was the perfect choice to officially open our Fleur-de-Lis development,” said Renaissance Retirement’s Managing Director Bob Taylor. “He lends us the money to make developments like this happen but it goes much deeper than that. It’s also about our relationship and trust that goes beyond just lending money.”

Bob added: “Success for Renaissance Retirement is about having a world class product, great locations and a team to drive the whole thing forward. An equally important factor is your bank and the relationship you have with them. Titlestone Property Finance and in particular Robert have been first class, forward thinking and very supportive. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Fleur-de-Lis has been built on the site of the town’s old Cornfactor building which was originally the central hub of the district’s corn market dating back to the 1800s. The stylish development was built with re-cycled bricks from the Cornfactor building.

The building itself has also been conscientiously designed to preserve the view of the stunning 19th century spire of the Christchurch Christian Centre.  In order to achieve its vision of preserving this heritage view, Renaissance Retirement has removed two units from the centre of the building and replaced them with a glass link through which the church spire is visible from Druitt Gardens. 

The development comprises 26 one and two bedroom luxury retirement apartments, and many featuring private balconies as well as a sumptuous Owners' Lounge and Guest Suite.  Apartments are on sale from £275,000.

Robert Orr added:  "I have some history with this site. When I was working in Christchurch in the mid 1980s I always thought the derelict Cornfactor site would make an excellent residential scheme. I said back then I'd like to be involved in supporting its development for the general benefit of the town and 30 years later I was!

"It's a perfect site for retirement living and Bob and his team have done a great job on it. I'm especially delighted to be Renaissance Retirement's guest of honour and officially open it."

Robert added: "Titlestone Property Finance is keen to fund experienced developers with strong sites across southern England. Since we launched in 2012 we have committed approaching £1bn of support  to a wide range of residential projects. With flexible support and quick delivery we offer an alternative funding option to the mainstream lenders."

Renaissance Retirement was handpicked by HRH Prince of Wales to build the first ever retirement development at Poundbury, Dorchester in the 1990s, and has an enviable reputation for quality build and finishes.

Caption: Robert Orr, Chief Executive of Titlestone Property Finance and Bob Taylor, Managing Director of Renaissance Retirement