Care provider Avens Ltd. have acquired a former care home in need of renovation and are beginning a three stage re-development program.
Previously a 27 bed residential care home for the elderly, the property, in Raunds Northamptonshire will undergo extensive renovation in order for Avens to offer care to 12 adults with Learning Disabilities in first class surroundings.
The building which has been vacant for several years is undergoing the first stage of a three phase development. Stage one is scheduled to be completed in early April and entails securing the property, weather proofing and updating the heating, water and drainage systems.
The second phase plan is to get the operational and communal areas, as well as some of the bedroom suites of the home up and running, before embarking on completing the rest of the suites.
By utilising existing space differently, room has been allocated for the installation of en-suite facilities to all of the expansive property’s bedrooms.
The home, formally called Kingfisher Residential Care Home will be known as The Ferns and will double Avens’ provision of residential care in Northamptonshire. The Ferns will be lead by CEO Christopher Andrews who said:
“I’m proud to be leading Avens forward in into this new venture. This acquisition underlines Avens’ strategy to expand the range of services that we provide. The opening of The Ferns means employment for people in Raunds but most importantly it means that Avens can provide access to top-quality services and a caring home for 12 individuals with high dependency needs.”
Mrs Julie Morrison, currently managing Avens Ltd.’s successful Northamptonshire supported living operation, has been appointed as the manager of The Ferns and will bring her knowledge and expertise of the care industry to assist Mr Andrews in setting up the project.
Julie has spoken to a number of people from Raunds who all have been supportive of the venture and positive about seeing the property, which has been in significant disrepair, come back into use. She said:
“I’m thrilled to have been appointed as manager of The Ferns. It’s an exciting start to 2014 and we are currently busy planning our newest service. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and bringing this building back to life.”
Avens hopes to have The Ferns open and welcoming residents by summer 2014.