A much-needed 32-bed nursing home specialising in end-of-life care is planned for a derelict site in Sutton Coldfield. The home, on the edge of Sutton Park, will create more than 30 new jobs.
Care company Homecroft Ltd has applied for planning permission for the new home on a brownfield site next to the existing Wyndley Grange nursing home in Somerville Road.
The nursing home will use state-of-the-art sustainable construction methods and materials, built to the highest environmental standards, using a local award-winning construction company. The very latest sustainable construction methods will be used, ensuring energy efficiency, while energy-saving fittings and renewable and sustainable materials will ensure high environmental performance.
The home will provide 31 new positions. For a proportion of these posts Homecroft plans to work with Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team (EAT) to provide training and care apprenticeships for young people unable to find employment. The new staff will work on a rotating shift pattern over a 24 hour period.
Homecroft director Nick Murch said there was a national shortage of palliative care facilities for elderly people, and this was particularly acute in the Sutton Coldfield area.
He said, “This 32-bed home fulfils an urgent need for palliative and end-of-life specialist care in the area, while at the same time providing a first class environment for the residents. It will have modern, well-equipped single en-suite bedrooms and is in a wonderful position overlooking Sutton Park and Wyndley Pool.”
“Construction will be sensitive to the area and in keeping with our existing Wyndley Grange nursing home close by. That building goes back to 1872 and has been extensively restored, while maintaining its period architectural appearance. We have worked closely with Birmingham City Council’s homes and neighbourhood directorate and conservation experts to ensure the best possible appearance for the new building,” he added.
“This new, sustainable development will improve a brownfield site, while providing jobs and fulfilling an urgent requirement. As well as the economic benefits to the area, it takes into account social and environmental needs,” he said.
Building work, subject to planning permission, will begin in May, with completion by summer 2013. The project also includes landscaping and car parking provision.