Portsmouth plans for Navy veterans found shipshape

Plans by the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) for a 66-bed care home for veterans have been approved by Portsmouth City Council.

Admiral Jellicoe House will replace the former Forest Lodge home in Milton on Portsea Island.

The new care home will feature a series of communal facilities is proposed including café, cinema and library, and others. 

The proposed design allows for a central hub including central lounge and dining facilities on each floor, accessible from all bedrooms.

The project, co-developed with LNT Care Developments, will be the second care home owned and run by RNBT.

The organisation has operated the Pembroke House care home in Gillingham in Kent since 1952.

RNBT hopes to secure permission to fly the White Ensign, which is flown by Royal Navy ships, from a mast at Admiral Jellicoe House - as it does at Pembroke House (pictured).

Admiral Jellicoe House is slated to open in 2022, when RNBT celebrates its centenary.

The Portsmouth home is the core part of RNBT’s 2018 strategy report that identified a gap in in its care provision. 

‘We are delighted that Portsmouth City Council has given the go ahead for this most important project which will deliver residential, nursing and dementia care for naval veterans in Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy,” said RNBT chairman of trustees Nick Fletcher. 

“It will be the centrepiece of our centenary – what better way to mark our hundred years of care than by building such an impressive and important care home for naval veterans,” he added.