Brown Edge Care Home – £9.1m extra care scheme rises
Geared to the needs of people over 55, Thomas Fields, a brand new £9.1 m extra care facility incorporating 53 two-bedroom flats, a residential care block for people with dementia, as well as communal facilities, is currently under construction on Brown Edge Road in Buxton.
Seventeen of the flats will be available for rent, 14 for sale under shared ownership arrangements and 22 for outright sale.
Communal facilities within the new building will include a restaurant, hair salon, residents’ lounge, well-being suite, hobby room and gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy. Care and support staff will also be on site to assist residents 24/7. The property has been designed to provide fully accessible facilities for both residents and visitors.
Due to open in April 2018, the project is being carried out for a partnership comprising Housing & Care 21, Derbyshire County Council and community regeneration specialist Keepmoat.
Communal facilities within the new building will include a restaurant, hair salon, residents’ lounge, a well-being suite, hobby room, laundry and gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.
The residential care unit will incorporate 20 en-suite rooms available through Derbyshire County Council.
Donna Holmes, Head of Extra Care for the North West at Housing & Care 21 said: “The building is of a traditional style and has been designed in keeping with the landscape, including consideration of roof height.
“The biggest challenges of the construction so far have been the poor weather and issues with drainage, as the land was prone to flooding.”
The facility had been designed to cater for different levels of need, from some who may need a little assistance to those who require a great deal of care and/or support, including catering for dementia needs (the dementia block will also have its own communal facilities).
Donna Holmes added: “This is a facility which is greatly needed within the Buxton area and the scheme builds on our relationship with Derbyshire County Council in that we have developed two other schemes in Derbyshire with them. The apartments are designed in consideration of the needs of individuals who may otherwise have to live in residential care, for example, who could have a more independent lifestyle in an extra care setting – which will improve their quality of life with an ongoing level of care and support.
“This is a really interesting and exciting scheme. It is great to see the building take shape on site. I have particularly enjoyed working with the Council with a view to developing further similar schemes in partnership with them. This is particularly important as Housing & Care 21 has a target of developing 2,100 extra care units by 2021 and 800 units per year thereafter, which is quite a challenging target.
“Extra care schemes are very rewarding and it is wonderful to see people living happily in them.”
Currently the roof, internal plastering and fit-out of the dementia block have been completed, within the extra care element, the roof is due for completion in mid-November, to be followed by the internal fit-out.
Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care at Housing & Care 21, said: “We are all looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition. This new scheme represents a continuation of our great partnership work with Derbyshire County Council and Keepmoat, to provide quality, affordable housing with care suitable for older people in the county.
“Extra care accommodation allows older people to maintain their independence and enjoy happy lives into old age.”
Nathan Brough, Regional Director for Keepmoat, said: “This new development will help to drive forward our shared ambition of expanding the choice of high quality retirement housing.”