Chester is to get a state-of-the-art dementia care village, and the build contract has been awarded to North West construction and property specialist, Pochin’s by care village operator, Belong.
The £15.7 million development on Chester’s City Road will create in excess of 140 new jobs and provide world-leading dementia and nursing care, together with a range of amenities and services for the wider community.
The four-storey Chester development, which is anticipated to open in spring 2020, will follow Belong’s acclaimed village model of care, incorporating six households, each with 12 suites, providing a homely setting for expert 24-hour specialist dementia and nursing care. Also situated in the village will be 23 one and two-bedroom apartments for independent living, which will be available to rent or buy.
Designed by architects, Pozzoni, to incorporate dementia-friendly principles, the village will boast a hub of facilities including a gym, bistro, hair salon and therapy rooms; all open to the general public. The new village will also offer a specialist day care service and the organisation’s award-winning home care service, Belong at Home.
Tracy Paine, Deputy Chief Executive for Belong, said: “We are delighted to be working once again with Pochin’s and pleased that we are now a step closer to contributing to the provision of quality services for people living with dementia in Chester. We have a number of exciting plans for the development and believe the city centre location will contribute to the creation of a vibrant community that is easily accessible to all.”
Belong currently operates seven villages in the North West and another new site in Birkdale, Southport is also currently under construction, with Pochin’s as the main contractor, scheduled to open in Autumn 2019.
Commenting on the appointment, Pochin’s Ltd CEO Jim Nicholson said: “We have developed a strong working relationship with Belong, having completed their village in Newcastle-under-Lyme last year, and are delighted to be supporting them to bring their high quality dementia care model to Chester. It comes on the back of numerous retail projects we’ve completed here in recent years, and it’s pleasing that we will be continuing to contribute to the city’s offering on a number of fronts.”
The site of the new village in Chester extends to Queen’s Avenue, and its development will involve the landscaping of surrounding areas for the benefit of local residents and the nearby canal-side conservation area.