A revolutionary health and care complex in the heart of Bournville in Birmingham has moved one step closer as work has started on the second phase of the development – a new 80-bed nursing and dementia care facility.
Designed by Bournville Architects, the £5.3million facility will form one of four buildings within the Bournville Care Village.
Created to meet the demand for high specification living accommodation within the heart of Birmingham, the development is one of the first in the UK to bring together different care elements within a specifically designed care village.
Delivered by Gracewell Healthcare, the dementia care facility will be built next to a 212-bed state-of-the-art extra-care scheme, a 35-bed passive housing apartment scheme for individuals with learning difficulties and a health and well-being centre. The development is expected to be fully complete early 2016.
Work is already well underway on phase one of the build – the new extra-care scheme – with work on the passive housing element expected to start early this year. Once complete the nursing and dementia care home will provide an integral housing and support solution for residents suffering with dementia in the local community.
Ian Tipton, director at Bournville Architects, says: “There are currently around 750,000 people living with dementia in England and Wales, with approximately 50,000 people likely to be placed in residential care because of a lack of suitable support in the home and the community.
“The vast majority of families caring for individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia aspire to keep them in their own home wherever possible. Bournville Care Village has been designed to develop a sustainable community that meets the needs of an ageing population.
“The new dementia centre will provide first-class living accommodation which will make it easier for those with dementia to make that transition into supported living as it will be a comfortable and secure environment.
“Bournville Care Village needs to respond to a range of needs, from the relatively active and independent, through to those who need specialist care and support. The idea is to create a lifestyle enhancing environment by encouraging social and active community participation through a range of activities and when the time comes the care will be there without having to move,” says Ian.
Built on the a 3.75 hectare site which used to be the home of Bournville College, each building has been designed with environmental, social and economic sustainability at the heart of the strategy.
“The project at Bournville Care Village offers an ideal opportunity to bring together leading edge design and contemporary living space. The four care elements within the scheme are designed in cohesion to create a sustainable community that will leave a lasting legacy in the Bournville Estate – built to the same principles of high quality and sustainability 100 years on from the original Garden Village,” says Ian.
To find out more about Bournville Gardens extra care retirement village please visit: http://www.extracare.org.uk/bournville-gardens.aspx