Double celebration for Renaissance Retirement as new £9m Fleur de Lis development launched in Centre of Christchurch

Staff at Ringwood based Renaissance Retirement have a double reason to celebrate this week. The company reserved an unprecedented eight apartments off plan at its highly anticipated Christchurch development pre-launch and on the same day completed a topping out ceremony on site.

More than 50 interested buyers attended a Reservation Day at The Pavilions opposite the castle ruins in Christchurch and over 30 per cent of the Fleur de Lis apartments were reserved equating to over £3.3m of forward sales.

A delighted Renaissance Retirement managing director Robert Taylor said: “We thought the day might be a special one from the huge interest we’ve had to-date. But no one in the team expected eight reservations off plan without a show apartment. It just shows what a fantastic product and location we have.”

Leslie Denmead, 79, a retired bank manager from Christchurch, was the first to reserve at Fleur de Lis – a two bedroom apartment with balcony. He’s hoping to move in by Christmas. He said: “I’ve been thinking of downsizing for some time and have been waiting for the perfect central location – and Fleur de Lis is just right for me. I’ve known Robert Taylor for many years so I’m delighted that I could be the first to reserve at his latest development.”

Location is at the heart of Renaissance’s 26 retirement apartments located to the rear of Christchurch High Street and overlooking Druitt Gardens which will provide luxurious living spaces ideally suited for downsizers looking to maintain a quality standard of independent living in the region.

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 will be partially built using local Portland stone.

David Slade, senior partner of Slades, the selling agent for Fleur de Lis, was equally surprised. He added: “From my experience you would expected a developer to secure one or two reservations off plan at a pre-launch if it’s a fantastic site - but not eight! People won’t believe it when they read it! It just shows you how popular Renaissance’s Fleur de Lis will be.”

Earlier in the day, donning hard hats and safety vests, Nick Watkins, Development Director at
Renaissance Retirement, and Richard Jarvis from construction contractors Hackwood Group also conducted a topping out ceremony at Fleur de Lis.

With Christchurch being one of the most popular places to retire, Fleur de Lis with its location has attracted considerable interest. 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 their vision of preserving this heritage view, Renaissance Retirement has removed two units from the center of the building and replaced them with a glass link through which the church spire is visible from Druitt Park. 

The development will comprise 1 and 2 bedroom luxury retirement apartments, and many featuring private balconies as well as a sumptuous Owners' Lounge and Guest Suite. 

With Christchurch voted by a national newspaper as the most popular place to retire, the development expected to be hugely popular. With the show home due to open on October 11 2014, and first occupants are expected to move before the end of the year.

Robert Taylor, Managing Director at Renaissance Retirement, comments: “If it is luxury and location people are looking for we have the perfect site. Backing on to the thriving Christchurch high street and within easy reach of all the stunning amenities and attractions the New Forest has to offer, our luxury apartments with their high specifications will be hard to beat.

“We take the preservation of local heritage very seriously at all of our sites and we work hard to ensure that as far as possible our builds are sympathetic with local landscape and heritage. With that in mind, we had to make sure views of the spire remained so we worked closely with the Local Authority to make this a reality.  We believe we have a unique proposition for people retiring in Christchurch.”

As part of the master plan for the development, Renaissance Retirement is also to incorporate an international themed Tea rooms and hair salon into the plan, both of which will offer discounted rates to owners.  As well as this, Renaissance is providing a pedestrian footpath through the development from the High Street to Druitt Gardens, vastly improving the current access. 

Existing owners also benefit from a dedicated Concierge, who deals with the day to day running of the development whilst also helping to assist with those small jobs such as simply changing a light bulb or helping to carry the shopping to your front door.

Nick added: “We have secured a superb location in Christchurch which will sell itself to potential owners.  We are already receiving a huge amount of interest – the majority local who can see what a fantastic site this will be. We recommend any interested buyers get in touch for a brochure and DVD as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.” 

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.

By popular demand, Renaissance is offering interested buyers a second opportunity to reserve one of the remaining apartments on Thursday 2 October. Interested buyers can register for more information on this event or request a brochure by calling 01425 474674 or visit:

Prices start from £275,000 for a 1 bedroom apartment and £425,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment.