Exemplar Health Care, has begun on-site construction for its new £6.9m care home in Padiham, Burnley.
Warrington-based contractor Triton Construction leads the development, with Loughborough based Watson Batty Architects designing the home. The design encompasses the latest medical best practice, considers how best to maximise natural light, and seeks to be a homely building that is sympathetic to the site location and the surrounding area. Input is also sought from Exemplar Health Care’s Service User Council, a group of residents living at existing homes, who ensure the plans will meet the real-world needs of future residents with a broad range of health conditions.
Construction started at the new home in September 2023 and, once complete, will be called Wytham Lodge. The home will support adults living with acquired brain injuries, complex mental health needs, and physical disabilities, providing long-term community care to adults who would otherwise have a pro-longed stay in hospital.
The home will be split into three communities – as Exemplar Health Care’s model of small group living provides a more homely, supportive, and responsive care environment – and each of the 34 large bedrooms will have its own ensuite wet room.
Steve Rigby, Head of Developments at Exemplar Health Care, said: “We are delighted to start work on Wytham Lodge, our state-of-the-art new home in Burnley that will provide vital care and support for adults living with complex needs.”
“We have designed this new home with the needs and comfort of future residents in mind. It will feature spacious bedrooms, common areas with plenty of natural light, and a variety of amenities – such as kitchen equipment that can change height to support both mobile and wheelchair users – to promote resident engagement and well-being”.
“This marks a significant investment in the local community, as we aim to create 100 jobs for skilled and compassionate healthcare workers who will deliver person-centred care to our residents. We look forward to welcoming the first residents to Wytham Lodge in 2024 and working closely with our local health and social care partners to meet the needs of the local community.”