Luxury retirement home will have tunnel to Harrods

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A £200 million retirement home that will be linked by a tunnel to Harrods has been given the go ahead.

The seven storey development will be situated on the site of a car park behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, the Evening Standard reports.

The tunnel link previously used by Harrods staff will mean the home’s residents will be able to shop in the department store without having to cross busy roads.

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Facilities at the home will include a 24-hour medical centre, parking space for eight mobility scooters, a physiotherapy room, gym, swimming and hydrotherapy pools, and sauna and steam rooms.

The scheme, which is being led by Singapore-based City Developments (CDL), will include 34 apartments expected to cost in excess of £5 million each.

Residents have to be at least 55 years old. The interior of the building will be designed to help the visually impaired while communal rooms will be fitted with hearing loops.

The project is one of a growing number of ‘super prime’ homes designed to meet demand from wealthy retirees seeking to live in the capital.

Real estate company CDL is one of Singapore’s largest companies by market capitalisation with a diversified property portfolio and presence spanning 94 locations and 26 countries.

Correction: Harrods has since announced that the tunnel though once used by its workers has now been filled in so will not be able for use (see Harrods says care home tunnel is a non-starter). 

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