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Mollie King, Breaks Ground on New Almshouses with The Richmond Charities

Buxton Building Contractors is thrilled to announce a collaboration with The Richmond Charities with a recent ‘ground breaking’ ceremony that marked the start of a new development of almshouses. The Richmond Charities provides almshouse accommodation for the over 65s in the borough who are in housing and financial need and has been doing so for over 400 years.


Mollie King, daughter of a former Trustee of the Charity, Stephen King, member of the Saturdays Pop Group, of Strictly Come Dancing fame and now a Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter, broke the ground with a ceremonial spade with Juliet Ames-Lewis, Chief Executive of The Richmond Charities, and David Norman, Managing Director of Buxton.

Juliet Ames-Lewis, Chief Executive of The Richmond Charities, said: ‘This is a really exciting new development for the charity. 5 new almshouses are being built which will be fully wheelchair accessible and which will be build to PassivHaus standards, the highest level of energy efficiency accreditation. This new development, along with another new build of 12 almshouses on Queen’s Road, Richmond, which has also just begun, will increase the charity’s number of almshouses in the borough from 145 to 162.’


Mollie King said: ‘I’m very proud to be here today supporting The Richmond Charities - today’s breaking of the ground event for the future of another much needed almshouse estate means so much to me and all of my family. Adequate housing and a real sense of community for the elderly was a cause so close to my Dad’s heart - he was and continues to be such an inspiration in my life and anything he was passionate about has certainly been passed onto all of us. He put so much time and care into supporting The Richmond Charities and it’s an honour to be here in his name - I hope the development continues to make a real difference to so many people and their loved ones.’


David Norman said: “Buxton Building is honoured to be chosen for this impactful project, designed by Clive Chapman Architects.


We committed to ensuring that the new development not only adheres to the highest standards of sustainability and accessibility but also becomes a warm and welcoming home for its future residents.


At Buxton, we believe in creating structures that stand as a testament to quality, sustainability, and positive community impact. Our collaboration with The Richmond Charities aligns seamlessly with our values, and we are excited to be part of a project that will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the lives of many.


As we embark on this journey of development, we carry forward the spirit of community and the aspiration to create a meaningful impact, ensuring that the new almshouses will stand as a symbol of care, sustainability, and community for generations to come.


Stay tuned for more updates on this inspiring project, as we build towards a future where every individual has a place they can proudly call home.

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