July 9, 2008

Go-Ahead for Pounds 6m Centre

THE green light has been given for a multi-million pound care home development in the region.

Teesdale District Council has approved plans to build a pounds 6m residential care centre for the elderly on the former Richardson Hospital site in Barnard Castle.

The site is being developed by Hadrian Healthcare with building contractor, Northallerton-based Walter Thompson.

The new elderly care centre located in the centre of Barnard Castle, next to the newly built hospital, proposes to be unique in many ways, said Ian Watson, managing director of Hadrian Healthcare.

"We are excited by this project in so much as we are set to provide a level and type of elderly care facilities that will be highly innovative and we believe, unique.

"The design will incorporate 'small group living' concepts where many clients enjoy spacious private suites with their own individual bathrooms, front doors and gardens.

"A specialist single storey unit has been designed specifically for clients with varying degrees of dementia - this includes sensory rooms, private suites and access to sheltered and secure courtyard gardens."

He said: "We are delighted that our plans have received the go- ahead and we shall be starting the demolition of the old Richardson Hospital immediately."

The centre will contain a hairdressing salon and tea rooms and a chef will provide "homely" food in the various dining restaurants.

The centre, which will employ more than 60 staff, is expected to open in September of next year.

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