Building work on a new £7m care home in Garstang has officially begun.
The cabinet members for adult social care and environment and climate change were joined by representatives from The Eric Wright Group, whose construction arm has been commissioned to build the new facilities, at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the project on Tuesday 12 October.
Work on the three-storey, 45-bed care home, which will replace the current Bowgreave Rise Home for Older People, will be completed first. This modern home will provide specialised support for people with dementia along with mainstream residential facilities.
Once the building work is finished and the services fully operational, the existing home will be demolished to make way for a new extra care building. Comprising of 65 one and two bedroomed apartments, the extra care building will provide a new, flexible form of support for older people and people with disabilities to meet people’s care needs as they change over time.
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: “It’s great to see work on these much-needed care facilities getting underway. Staff at the current care home do a superb job, but the building was opened in 1970 and has an old-fashioned layout, which makes it difficult to meet modern quality standards. In the new home, each resident will have their own en-suite bedroom and there will be modern, communal facilities.
“It’s great that the new home will be operational before the current one closes. Staff will move to the new home to ensure a continuity of care for residents who move across. The extra care facility will provide a different type of support to meet people’s needs as they change over time.
“We consulted care home residents, staff, local people and other health and care organisations and we’ve taken their views onboard before building the facilities to meet their care needs.”
County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for environment and climate change, added: “These facilities will make a massive improvement to the care we provide for older people and people with disabilities in the area.
“These will be a new generation of buildings designed to reduce carbon emissions and be kinder to our environment. Measures like super-efficient heating, high-tech insulation and on-site renewable electricity and charging will greatly reduce energy usage in the building.
“A substantial amount of new tree planting has also been incorporated in the scheme.
“The design helps to ‘bring the outside in’ for the residents, enhancing their connection with the surrounding landscape and wildlife as a daily part of their environment and care. Features such as balconies, accessible garden walks and level access lawn areas will also be included.
“We’re pleased to be working with the Eric Wright Group on this important new project.”
Eric Wright Construction is part of the Eric Wright Group based at Bamber Bridge and has previously worked with the county council on several projects.
Commenting on the delivery of the scheme, Eric Wright project co-ordinator Darren Clayton said: “We are pleased to be involved in delivering this important local facility through our ongoing partnership with the County Council.
“We have been working closely with the staff and residents to develop the design to ensure that the project fulfils their needs and can also be constructed with a minimum disruption.
“We look forward to delivering this important facility for the older people in the local community.”
Work on the new care home is due to be completed by spring 2023.
Details about the demolition of the existing care home and the work on the extra care service will be announced when the new care home is completed.