Covering an impressive 3968 sq metres, the new care home on Shrewsbury Road in Owestry will significantly enhance available care services in the area.
Main contractor Castlemead Group Limited is carrying out the £4.8 million project for Coverage Care Services Limited. The project began in September 2011 and is expected to be completed in January 2013.
The 88-bedroom care home will replace and extend the existing Fairhome facility at Morda Road in Owestry, and compliment Coverage Care’s award-winning Greenfields care home in Whitchurch, North Shropshire – which was also constructed by Castlemead Group.
Chief Executive of Coverage Care, David Coull, said:
“We are pleased to be working with Castlemead on this important new project. The design for the new home is based on our experience of building and operating new care homes in Telford, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch.
“We are confident that the new home in Oswestry will enhance the care services available in the area, especially as we plan to offer residential care with nursing care for older people.
“The plan is to transfer the 40 residents and all the existing staff from Fairholme in Morda Road Oswestry to the new home when it is complete and to then return the existing building to Shropshire Council.”
The fully-accessible building has been designed by DWA Architects and features two two-storey wings containing bedrooms, along with a three-store central admin and services area. Constructed using traditional methods, the building features concrete foundations, a brick and block work superstructure and timber roof trusses.
Full external hard and soft landscaping will be carried out, including attractive residents gardens.
Joe O’Donnell, Castlemead Group Limited, said:
“This is the second scheme that we have worked on for Coverage Care. We cherish our long-term relationship with Coverage Care and hope to complete more work for them in the future.
“Whilst initial challenges included gaining planning permission for the Greenfield site and diverting existing services, the construction programme has been relatively straight forward.
“This has been a very exciting project for us to work on; it is a great scheme for Castlemead Group to be involved with and it will be a very attractive building when it is complete.”