Construction of new £7 million Garstang care home now underway

Posted on - 15th October, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Garstang, Health, Preston News, Wyre News
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Lancashire County Council has announced that construction work on a new £7 million Garstang care home has begun.


The work on the three-storey, 45-bed care home, which will replace the current Bowgreave Rise Home for Older People, will be completed first.

Once the work is complete, the team will demolish the existing home ready for the new extra care building.

The modern care home will provide specialised support for people with dementia along with mainstream residential facilities.

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Pic: Lancashire County Council

Cabinet members joined representatives from The Eric Wright Group for a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday 12 October. The council commissioned The Eric Wright Group’s construction arm to build the new facilities.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, a cabinet member for adult services, said: “It’s great to see work on these much-needed care facilities getting underway.

“Staff at the current care home do a superb job, but the building opened in 1970. It has an old-fashioned layout, which makes it hard to meet modern quality standards. Each resident will have an en-suite bedroom, and there will be modern communal facilities in the new home.

“It’s great that the new home will be operational before the current one closes. Staff will move to the new home to ensure continuity of care for residents who move across. The extra care facility will provide a different type of support to meet people’s needs as they change over time.

“We consulted care home residents, staff, local people and other health and care organisations, and we have taken their views on board before building the facilities to meet their care needs.”

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Pic: Lancashire County Council

The extra care building, comprised of 65 one and two-bed apartments, will provide a new, flexible form of support for older people and people with disabilities.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, a cabinet member for environment and climate change, added: “These facilities will make a massive improvement to the care we provide for older people and people with disabilities in the area.

“They will be a new generation of buildings designed to reduce carbon emissions and be kinder to our environment. Measures like super-efficient heating, high-tech insulation and on-site renewable electricity and charging will greatly reduce energy usage in the building.

“A substantial amount of new tree planting has also been incorporated in the scheme. The design brings in the outside for the residents. It enhances their connection with the landscape and wildlife as a daily part of their environment and care.

“They will include balconies, accessible garden walks and level access lawn areas. We are pleased to be working with the Eric Wright Group on this important new project.”

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Eric Wright Construction is part of the Eric Wright Group based at Bamber Bridge and has previously worked with the county council on several projects.

Eric Wright project coordinator Darren Clayton said: “We are pleased to be involved in delivering this important local facility through our ongoing partnership with the county council.

“We have been working closely with the staff and residents to develop the design to ensure that the project fulfils their needs and can also be constructed with minimum disruption.

“We look forward to delivering this important facility for the older people in the community.”

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Work on the new care home is due to be completed by spring 2023.

Details about the demolition of the existing care home and the work on the extra care service will be announced when the new care home is complete.

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