Work has begun to demolish the former Territorial Army centre in Shrewsbury to make way for a multi-million pound care home with nursing facilities.
Specialists have moved onto the Sundorne Road site to pave the way for turning the former MOD base into a 90-bed home for Shropshire’s largest independent care provider, Coverage Care Services.
The proposed £8m project is the latest in a series of new build care home developments by not-for-profit Coverage Care, as the county begins to see the impact of an ageing population and an increased demand for both residential and nursing care.
The Sundorne home, which will be located next to the Severn Fields Health Village, is scheduled for a 2016 opening after receiving detailed planning approval at the end of 2014 and is expected to create 120 full and part time jobs.
Financial backing for the project is being provided by The Royal Bank of Scotland and was arranged by Mike Harris, Relationship Director at the bank. Managing Director of Corporate Banking at RBS, Mark Andrews, recently paid a visit to the site to see how initial works were progressing.
Chief Executive of Coverage Care, David Coull, said: “We are very excited to be undertaking the first stage of the new Shrewsbury development.
“We were able to illustrate our detailed vision for the new home which will bring a much needed, high quality new facility to the town. The Royal Bank of Scotland has been a great supporter of previous builds and we have developed a great working relationship through delivering such projects together.”
Mark Andrews, of RBS, added: “This is a fantastic move for Coverage Care as they extend their care offering in Shrewsbury and we are delighted to support their continued growth.
“The management team demonstrates a great level of knowledge and experience in this sector that is very impressive. This is supported by an excellent team, which share the company’s ethos, enthusiasm and passion not only for the business but for the community and service users within their care. We wish them all the best with the construction of the new Shrewsbury development.”
The proposed new home will have 90 large en-suite bedrooms over two floors, with a third storey frontage as part of the overall design, two wings on each floor, each with its own lounge and dining area, shared communal rooms and a private garden area to the rear of the building.
Coverage Care currently operates 14 care centres in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, all on a not-for-profit basis. The company employs around 1000 staff and provides a range of care services for more than 1,600 mainly older people. An award-winning business, it is also a specialist in dementia care.