Barchester Healthcare buys Billericay development site

Barchester Healthcare has acquired a freehold site in Billericay, Essex, with full planning consent for a 76-bed care home.

Developer Frontier Estates secured planning permission earlier this year for a luxury home design including en suite wet rooms, lounge and dining spaces, a cinema, a hair salon, activity spaces, and landscaped gardens. The home is scheduled to be completed by Q3 2025.

Matt Croger, development director at Frontier Estates, said: “I am delighted that Barchester has purchased the Billericay care home. It has taken four years from conception to the achievement of planning on this one and am very pleased that such a high-quality and conscientious operator has taken this scheme on. It is great to see Frontier and Barchester’s partnership continue to provide high-quality facilities for the care of the future.”

Julian Burgess, land buyer at Barchester Healthcare, commented: “At Barchester Healthcare, we are absolutely delighted to be part of this development working with Frontier, it is a relationship we value greatly. We have worked exceptionally hard with Frontier to create a beautifully designed care home and will provide over 60 new jobs taken from the local area too. We are also looking forward to becoming part of the immediate retirement and healthcare community and, indeed, the wider community in Billericay. Forging community links is something Barchester feels very strongly about.”

Jordan Rundle, director - healthcare development & investment at Christie & Co, added: “Achieving consent in the current planning environment is far from straightforward, and Frontier has, once again, been successful in securing detailed permission in a high-quality location. Following a tailored marketing process, interest in the site was strong and we received several competitive offers. We are sure this will be another success story in Barchester’s ever-growing new build portfolio.”

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