Wixams Retirement Village Aerial View
Wixams Retirement Village

Wixams Retirement Village

Wixams Retirement Village in Bedford provides inspirational community living for over 55s and older people.

The project completed in 2019, it will provide a whole range of communal social and leisure facilities in the village centre which will be open to residents, their families and members of the wider local community. These will include a village hall, library and IT suite, bar and bistro, fitness gym, hairdressing and beauty salon and shop.

  • Situated on a 6 acre green field setting at Wixams, the village is conveniently located off the A6 with great connections to Bedford town centre, just three miles away
  • 230 one and two bedroom apartments, available for sale, shared ownership and rental
  • A host of health and leisure facilities available in the village centre
  • Wixams Retirement Village is a partnership between Bedford Borough Council, the Harpur Trust, Homes England and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

As part of the development, bat boxes, bird boxes and bird food dispensers we distributed around the site. Mitigation measures were incorporated to protect a nesting duck with distanced walkways. The landscaped grounds soften and compliment the building by using seasonally changing plant species. They have the potential to increase biodiversity in the area and provide a defined buffer between the private and public spaces. 100 trees were planted along the perimeter of the site and wildflower sowed along the riverbank to improve the local environment and habitat for wildlife.

Once completed to include phase 2, the scheme will get a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Project Overview





ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Contract Value

£44 million

Project Duration

71 weeks

Homes created


Shortlisted as one of 4 finalists in the Best Retirement Scheme category at the Housebuilder Awards 2019.

Project Specialisms

Extra Care