Local school children donned hard hats and high visibility vests to visit the site of a new flagship care home in St John’s, Worcester.
Last week youngsters from St Clement’s C of E Primary School let their imaginations run wild when they visited the site of Juniper House Residential and Nursing Home, off Bromyard Road, to get inspiration for artwork to bury in a time capsule on the site.
The home, which will be run by Sanctuary Care, will form part of Sanctuary Group’s £22 million care and supported housing development known as Sanctuary Grove and is the organisation’s largest care development to date.
Nine-year-olds Ruby McCammon and Leif Johnson, 10-year-old Ben Portlock and their teacher Tina Brown were given a tour of the site by Sophie Bell, Sanctuary’s project manager (development – Midlands) and assistant site manager Adam Boyce from contractor Stepnell.
The pupils will now create artwork depicting what they think life will be like in 60 years’ time and to tell people about life in 2014. They will return to the site in the New Year and bury their creations in a time capsule, which will be opened in 2075.
Talking about life in the future Leif said: “I think there will be jet propelled hover chairs instead of wheelchairs and rocket stations instead of train stations. I think things will definitely be more high tech.”
Ben added: “I think there will be hover boots that make you fly.”
Meanwhile Ruby said: “I think doing the time capsule will be really interesting because if we come here when we are older, we may be able to open it and see how different life is in the future.”
Tina said the youngsters were thrilled about the prospect of creating artwork for a future generation. “I think it’s really interesting for the children and they are really excited about the idea of the time capsule,” she added.
When complete the home will provide residential, nursing and dementia care, with 60 spacious en-suite bedrooms, many of which will overlook the gardens and courtyard, airy lounges and dining rooms.
Stephen Rees, Sanctuary Care’s director of care operations said: “We are enormously proud of Juniper House – it will be an absolutely stunning home and one that I believe the people in Worcester will be very impressed with.”
Sanctuary’s Sophie Bell added: “It was a great pleasure to welcome such an enthusiastic group of children along. This will be a flagship development and we really wanted to involve our younger generation in creating a piece of history that the children of 2075 can open.”
Sanctuary Grove has been funded by Sanctuary Group and the Homes and Communities Agency. It will comprise a 60-bed care home, a 60-unit extra care scheme and a mix of 24 retirement living apartments and bungalows, where residents will be able to access a variety of care and support as needed. The care development also features a central hub providing a range of shared facilities for future residents.
Juniper House Residential and Nursing Home is set for completion in May 201.