Coombs are soon to start work on the latest phase of RBLI’s Centenary Village in Aylesford
Work will begin later this year on the latest phase of Royal British Legion Industries’ Centenary Village. Phase 2A will include a range of apartments, each designed to be fully accessible and house single veterans in urgent need, new family homes, and a further 24 assisted-living apartments.
RBLI’s Centenary Village vision began in 2015 when they launched their new strategy ‘Improving Lives Every Day’. The aim was to ensure that as they drew closer to celebrating their milestone centenary year, RBLI had the facilities in place to support veterans and their families for the next 100 years.
Although similar in name RBLI is an entirely separate charity from The Royal British Legion and receives no income from the annual Poppy Appeal.
With outstanding wrap around welfare, care and employability, even a large social enterprise factory on site, RBLI’s diverse facilities and services are able to help people in crisis turn their lives around completely.
First formed in 1919 to provide support to sick and wounded soldiers returning from the First World War, RBLI launched a £22 million appeal to build the village and support families through new adapted homes, nursing care, mental health support and access to the RBLI’s on-site employability services.
Working closely with RBLI, Canterbury based architects Clague created a design for the Centenary Village in response to a very clear and focused brief: ‘create the best for our veterans and lay the foundations for the second century of RBLI’s important work’.
In delivering Phase 2A of the Centenary Village, we’re pleased to be contributing to RBLI’s celebration of 100 years of employment, training, accommodation, care and support for veterans.
For more information about Royal British Legion Industries, please visit: www.rbli.co.uk