22 June 2018

RBLI Apartments win Kent Excellence in Business Award

Last night's Kent Excellence In Business (KEiBA) awards saw RBLI win Construction Project of The Year for their newly built apartments for veterans.

The Kent Excellence in Business Awards is an annual awards scheme staged and produced by KM Media Group and Kent County Council to recognise and reward excellence in Kent’s businesses. RBLI was shortlisted in the awards after a written nomination, and was chosen as a finalist following a visit from the KEiBA judges to the village site. 

The apartments, which were officially opened in September 2017, are situated on Hermitage Lane, near Maidstone,and were built specifically for veterans who are wounded, injured, sick, or at risk of homelessness. They are the first phase in the charity’s plans to build a Centenary Village which they aim to open in 2019 - their centenary year. The apartments host 24 one and two-bed flats, all with special adaptations to make the lives of those with disabilities easier. 

The two apartment blocks, which were designed by Clague Architects, saw collaboration between a wide number of organisations and charities, with donors to the project including the Morrisons Foundation, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, The Chancellor's Libor fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation. The buildings surround a former gold-medal winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden, created by renowned designer Jo Thompson, which was kindly donated by the Chelsea Barracks Foundation.

The Construction Project of The Year KEiBA award acknowledges the fantastic work of everyone involved in the project, and the difference the housing makes to the lives of veterans and their families who live there.