Foundation stone ceremony marks care home milestone

Published on: Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
Councillor Carol Hart, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, with Wates Group project manager Robert Stobo at the Bennerley Fields Care Home foundation stone ceremony

A new, state-of-the-art care home built by Derbyshire County Council is taking shape.

Created on the site of the former Bennerley School in Cotmanhay, near Ilkeston, the residential care home will have 40 bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.

To mark progress on the build, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart laid a foundation stone on site on Monday 22nd November.

Councillor Hart said that work on the council’s newest care home was going well and on target for completion next summer.

“This new care home will provide exceptional, purpose-built facilities for the local community,” she said. “I’m very pleased to be able to help mark this milestone in the build which is part of our commitment to supporting older people in Derbyshire.”

The new development - which will cost in the region of £13million - will replace the ageing Hazelwood home on Skeavington’s Lane which is no longer fit for purpose.  Current Hazelwood residents will be given the option to move to the new development when it is completed.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Natalie Hoy Councillor Hoy said: “I am delighted that our plans to create a modern new home are taking shape. Not only will this home provide airy, spacious surroundings built to the highest dementia-friendly standards, it will have modern facilities such as accessible en-suite bathrooms and enough space in each room to use moving and lifting equipment to ensure our residents are living in accommodation that is fit for their needs.

“People are entering care when they are much older and frailer than they were before, so they need modern surroundings with extra space and facilities.”

Councillor Hoy added: “We remain committed to helping older people lead dignified and fulfilled lives which is why we’re working with partners and developers to help create the kind of support they need.

“We are proud to be working in partnership with private sector companies to design and build high-quality accommodation in Derbyshire which is fit for the 21st century.”

The building work is being carried out by Wates Construction Ltd which started the build in March.

Wates Construction project manager Robert Stobo said the project was going extremely well. “The construction of the façade and structure are near completion,” he explained. “The build promises to create an impressive visual impact and a facility which offers so much benefit to the community, with lasting value.”

The designs for the new development off Bennerley Avenue have been drawn up by award-winning architects Glancy Nicholls to the highest dementia-friendly standards.

The two-storey building has 40 bedrooms with en-suite accessible bathrooms. Each of the two wings will have its own lounge, dining area and activity room.

There will be communal spaces with a hairdressers, occupational therapy and treatment rooms and a guest room. Outside there will be garden terraces and seating areas for residents and their families to enjoy and raised beds forming an allotment that residents can tend.

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