The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Sean Gabriel, was among the first visitors to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Colten Care’s art deco-themed Bourne View.
Joined by fellow councillors, he saw some of the home’s 68 en suite bedrooms and its two guest suites plus rooftop garden, dining room, bistro, lounges, hair salon and spa.
Situated in Langside Avenue on the Poole-Bournemouth border and overlooking the Bourne Valley nature reserve, the home is expected to create up to 120 local jobs.
Councillor Gabriel said: “This home is truly fantastic. The standard of building is first class. It is one of the jewels in Poole’s crown. We’re lucky to have such a facility here. It’s not just supporting the care of local people – it’s bringing employment opportunities too.”
He added: “One of the biggest issues our nation faces is our ageing population and so we need a portfolio of provision supported by homes such as this. Care workers are not recognised enough for what they do. They are hugely important.”
Also on the tour were Poole Borough Council members Karen Rampton and Mike Fisher, Bournemouth Councillor Philip Broadhead, and Charlotte Curtis, Head of Business Resources at charity Diverse Abilities which runs the next-door Langside School.
They were shown round by Home Manager Sohail Daniel, Clinical Lead Vera Almeida and Colten Care’s Chief Executive Mark Aitchison and Property Director Rick Otten.
Mr Aitchison said: “We are thrilled to be opening such an outstanding care home with facilities and quality that are second to none. Bourne View will help to meet the growing demand for high-quality care provision in Poole, Bournemouth and the wider region. We have designed and built it with learnings from our other 20 homes to date. We strive to be the best and that is also reflected in our highly experienced team who are ready to welcome our new residents.”
Room names at Bourne View reflect both the art deco period and the geography of the Poole area, hence titles such as the Rockefeller Bistro, Gatsby Sitting Room and Corfe Suite.
Colten Care is keen to be a good neighbour to Langside School, which provides education, therapy and nursing support for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
With the agreement of Diverse Abilities, Colten staff have painted the school’s frontage, installed new landscaping, railings and flood defences, and contributed to an improved sensory room.
Once Bourne View opens, Langside pupils will be invited to spend time there, enjoying facilities such as the roof garden.
Charlotte Curtis said: “It was lovely to have an early look round the beautiful Bourne View and we look forward to cementing our relationship further for the benefit of its residents and the children at Langside. This is a great example of a community partnership.”
The first residents are due to move into Bourne View on Wednesday 27 March 2019 ahead of a public open afternoon on Thursday 11 April hosted by broadcaster and writer Dr Hilary Jones.