Audley Inglewood Topping Out Ceremony

Posted in News on 4th March 2013

Audley Inglewood celebrates as it reaches the final stages of build before the grand re-opening of Inglewood House

Inglewood House, the centrepiece of the Audley Retirement Village near Kintbury in Berkshire, celebrated the completion of building work with a Topping Out ceremony when the last stone was laid on Thursday 31st January.

Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement Villages welcomed Councillor Adrian Edwards, Chairman of West Berkshire Council and Mrs Edwina Cooper, Chairman's Escort along with other distinguished guests including David Harris MBE, Divisional Managing Director of builders Cowlin Construction.  The ceremony was also attended by Brother Gus, a monk from the local religious retreat St Cassians, and a former resident of Inglewood House when it was the De La Salle monastery (from 1928 to 1971). The guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the magnificent manor house which has been carefully rebuilt and returned to its former glory. Following the tour guests enjoyed a light lunch and refreshments.

Inglewood House has a long and fascinating history from a private home, to a Catholic seminary and a luxury spa. Having previously been enjoyed by a range of groups, Inglewood House will soon welcome a new generation of inhabitants. The Audley Club will be situated in the manor house and will offer a sumptuous Restaurant, Bar/Bistro, swimming pool and Health & Well Being Centre.The village itself is home to a number of beautifully appointed apartments designed for the over 55 community.

Nick Sanderson, CEO Audley Retirement, said: “Many years of hard work have gone in to the faithful re-building of Inglewood House. The Topping Out ceremony was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all those who have worked on the project from tradesmen to architects. Audley Retirement is looking forward to welcoming new residents and guests to this beautiful recreation of the original historic building when Inglewood House opens this spring. The magnificent grounds and the Audley Club provide the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a happy and healthy later life.”