The Conversion Trust, the developer, is managed by Percipient Property Solutions and forms part of the Prescient Ink Property Fund. It originally purchased the “Old School” in April 2008 and the adjoining land in 2010. The initial development period comprised of restoring and renovating the existing buildings and acquiring the rights to develop a retirement facility. The second phase saw the completion of the Civils and infrastructure as well as a new wing for the Assisted Living area. The funding for these phases was provided by the Trust and a R10m development loan from Standard Bank. This development loan has subsequently been repaid in full.
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The Architects, Nic Border Architects, have designed numerous retirement facilities and have become specialists in this sector. They are also experienced in the design of Cape Vernacular architecture, imperative with the restoration and response to the ‘Old School’ building. They were ably assisted by Bredasdorp-based town planners and land surveyors, Town and Country, who handled the re-zoning and consolidation process. Kathy Dumbrell Architectural Historian handled the Heritage process and approval. Napier Retirement Village is a fine example of adaptive re-use of a building, where the conservation of our built heritage has been retained, while a new use has been found in an environmentally responsible way by minimizing the increase of the building’s ‘carbon footprint’. By blending old and new, a sustainable future has been ensured for ‘Die Ou Skool’ complex.