The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has launched construction for a brand-new, state-of-the-art care centre in Trowbridge, as the building’s foundation stone was officially laid on Wednesday 21st October.
The new £6.1 million 64-bed care centre, which is set for completion during Winter 2016, will include two floors dedicated to providing residential and specialist dementia care and will comprise of four 16-bed households, each one complete with its own kitchen and communal living space.
Linking the two households on the ground floor will be a central destination area, called the Street, which will feature a cinema, corner shop, hair-salon and a garden room/café. Secure landscaped gardens will also be accessible from each of the ground floor households, along with a communal landscaped garden accessible from the garden room/café.
Robin Khokhar, Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT in Wiltshire, said: “We’re excited about this new OSJCT care home development in Trowbridge, not least because it means we will once again have a facility to support the older people in the town – and on the site of our previous home.
“The Foundation Stone ceremony enables us to let everyone know that the work is now well underway and that people can look forward, as we are, to seeing a brand new building emerging from behind the fencing around the site.
“Later on next year, once the project is further advanced, we will be arranging open days so that members of the public can come and see for themselves the high quality facilities we will be offering. It will be great to show off a beautiful, well equipped new home, using our innovative household model, where people will be able to get all the support they need to continue to enjoy a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle in homely surroundings.”
Councillor Keith Humphries, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care, added: “This new care centre will provide valuable support for older residents in the local community.
“The planned facilities at the site will help create a real community and help people live comfortably, reassured that care and support is always close at hand.”
The home is being built by Stepnell in partnership with The Orders of St John Care Trust, which will provide the care in the new home.
Stepnell joint managing director, Tom Wakeford, said: “We are delighted to be once again working with OSJCT and look forward to helping deliver this leading-edge specialist dementia care facility for the local community in Trowbridge and the surrounding area. Stepnell has a strong record of providing high-quality residential facilities built to the most demanding standards and our team is excited to be bringing their expertise to this important development.”