The Queen visited Royal British Legion Industries village in Aylesford this week to mark RBLI’s Centenary year and to officially open their new care facility, Appleton Lodge. We acted as Quantity Surveyors, Project Manager and Clerk of Works on the project.

The Queen officially opens Appleton Lodge. Photo courtesy of BEC Construction

Appleton Lodge, named after WW1 frontline nurse Edith Appleton, is a luxury care facility that provides 15 new modern apartments for vulnerable veterans who require specialist support. Alongside the resident’s apartments, the Lodge offers a day centre and living room, allowing live-in residents to socialise and create a community with visiting day residents.

The scheme was completed in August, with residents moving in straight away, such is the need for supported housing for veterans.

Appleton Lodge is the latest scheme to be delivered as part of the RBLI’s Centenary Village plans.

Appleton Lodge’s lounge area creates a homely, welcoming space for residents

Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to open the facility and then took a tour of the RBLI site, meeting residents and then visiting another scheme of ours, Invictus Games and Victory House, the first phase of the Centenary Village.

Invictus Games House forms the first phase of the Centenary Village scheme.

We’re very proud to work with RBLI and look forward to working with them on their future plans, which includes further development of accommodation for veterans in the refurbishment of Gavin Astor House, due to commence early next year.