Phase one of the latest residential and dementia care environments for Bedford is now complete as NorthStar, the care home development company, manage the design and build of a modern-day care facility for Bedford Citizens Housing Association.
The Charter House project, which now has CQC approval, consists of a 72 bed new build residential and dementia care home to replace the current outdated 64 bed care home; which is due for re-development into 42 Extra Care apartments later this year.
The 72 bed care home is now complete and features an additional 1,000sqm of space to accommodate the very latest in leisure facilities for residents; which include a restaurant, gym, cinema, and spa and beauty facilities for residents to enjoy.
The development was no mean feat as NorthStar had to overcome a logistical issue of considering how an Army cadet building, placed in the middle of the proposed development site, could fit into the design plans for the new care home.
Ian Holmes, Director at NorthStar says: “We didn’t take the easy route and build around the old Army cadet building. Preferring to take a pragmatic view of the project we worked with the Estates Department at East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and provided them with a new facility in a better position with several classrooms, up-to-date facilities, a hall, and new parade ground.”
The new cadet building was officially opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis along with representatives from East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. Major Tony Lloyd said: “As well as providing much-needed new facilities for our Cadets, it will improve the area, smartening up the neglected frontage onto Kimbolton Road.”
Vanessa Connolly CEO of BCHA says: “We’d like to thank NorthStar for sensitively managing the development. Their resourcefulness and flexibility throughout as they managed concerns, expectations and obstacles is commendable and we are over the moon with the results.”
Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults’ Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “The Council’s Heritage and Compliance department developed a strong collaborative approach with NorthStar which has resulted in a good quality development complementing the setting of the historic conservation area. This was very much in the spirit of us working with the private sector in securing a good supply of high quality care services in the borough.”
BCHA is a ‘not for profit’ organisation that focuses on providing appropriates housing and care for mainly older people. It is committed to providing individual and high quality support and care homes for its residents.
NorthStar is an award winning property development and project management company specialising in 5 star CQC compliant care home developments throughout the UK.