At Retirement Security, we are dedicated to providing our clients with transparency and clarity. This is why when any of our retirement properties are sold, the seller pays a transfer premium of up to 3% of the sales price to the freeholder, Retirement Security Limited (RSL). RSL does not charge ground rents and does not charge for its estate agency services. There is a monthly service charge payable by owners which includes one and a half hours domestic assistance per week. Further information is available from the Court Manager.
About Forum Court
Forum Court faces onto Lord Street, one of Southport’s major attractions with its elegant spacious tree lined boulevard offering access to a multitude of shops and amenities. It is set in landscaped gardens and comprises of 59 apartments on six floors, accessible by both stairs and lifts.
The development is built in the shape of an `H’ with two central courtyard features which provide adequate parking for Owners’ and visitors’ cars. All apartment front doors open onto paved walkways overlooking the courtyards. There is a comfortable communal lounge and a delightful large conservatory overlooking Lord Street, where Owners can quietly relax and chat, or participate in a variety of social events if they so choose. The Court is in the centre of Southport, providing all amenities within a few minutes’ walk. Southport is renowned for its 6-mile long beach, Marine Lake, Floral Hall, Botanical Gardens, Museum, Theatre and many famous Golf Courses. For those who wish to travel further afield, rail and bus transport is on the doorstep to major cities such as Liverpool, Chester, Preston and Blackpool.
Forum Court was built in 1995. The original leases were granted for 125 years but the actual period available will depend on the current date and whether any past owner has extended the lease.
Forum Court Facilities
The design of Forum Court combines style with ease of use and mobility, all floors are accessible by stairs or lift so that even those who need to use a wheelchair can live independently in any part of the building. Conveniently placed electrical sockets reduce the need to bend or overstretch and an emergency call system is installed with pull cords in every room of the development. In addition to the private apartments, there are a number of communal areas in the Court available for use by all Owners.
Forum Court possesses its own communal gardens, shrubs and planters throughout the courtyards and grounds, that belong to all the Owners and are maintained by a gardener and/or Owners themselves. A consultative gardening committee will be set up if sufficient Owners are willing to contribute to its work.
As an alternative to Owners’ own laundry facilities, the Court has its own communal laundry room. It comes fully equipped with token-operated commercial washing and drying machines. The proceeds that come from use of the equipment belong collectively to the Owners’ funds. If desired, Owners’ washing can be done in the laundry by the Housekeeping Assistants, for which a charge will be made.
Forum Court has a communal lounge that is the hub of many of its social activities. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served on a daily basis together with weekly events from whist to keep fit. The Court Manager will be able to provide a copy of the monthly social programme. In addition to the Lounge, there is a communal conservatory available for use by all Owners. The Court also features a Hobbies Room where Owners can take part in a number of activities including board games, card games, art and craft. The hobbies room is also used for meetings of either the Court management company or local clubs and societies of which Owners are members.
Visiting relatives or friends of Owners can be accommodated in our extremely comfortable, guest suite and provided with breakfast. Economically priced and benefiting from the Court’s advantageous proximity to local attractions and public transport, staying at Forum Court is a wonderful way to explore the local sights and sounds.
Forum Court has its own communal restaurant/dining room that provides a substantial meal every day, usually at lunchtime. Meals are not included in the service charge but are available at cost to all Owners. Meals will be taken on a tray to anyone who has requested one and is too unwell to leave their apartment. Guests are always welcome and any special dietary requirements are catered for. Evening meals and themed dinners are regularly held at the Court and light suppers can be arranged if requested.
There are many more staff than are generally found in traditional sheltered housing. A Manager and team of Duty Managers work in shifts and somebody is always present, twenty-four hours a day. The monthly service charge covers the cost of external maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, one-and-a-half hours of domestic assistance per week per individual property, as well as an hour per property devoted to the cleaning of the communal areas.