Philip and Mark continued to expand their property development business creating new residential and retail opportunities. However, on reflection they realised that they wanted to do more than simply transact commercial opportunities – they wanted to achieve something that mattered to them personally.
The recent death of Diane – Philip’s wife and Mark’s mother – had a powerful and enduring influence on their personal values and objectives. When Diane knew that she was in the last stage of her life, she was determined, notwithstanding the challenges, to continue to live in her own home and in her own way. The risk of being cared for away from her home was something that she and her family wanted to avoid at all costs.
The challenge of turning this aspiration into a practical reality inspired their vision for Sea Island Developments – providing homes for life which can meet changing and potentially complex needs. And so, in Diane’s case, her home was changed around her to ensure that she continued to live her life in her own private space surrounded by the people who mattered to her most.
As Mark says, “Everybody deserves to be in their own home. This should be a right regardless of their means”. The imagination and quality of Sea Island’s specification and design for extra care housing reflect the family’s heartfelt commitment to this ambition.