Construction of £16m Belong Care Village begins

Construction work has begun on a £16m Belong Care Village in Birkdale, Merseyside.

Work on the 74-bed village, which will be divided into six households, is being carried out by north west construction company, Pochin, with financial support provided by Octopus Healthcare.

Deputy chief executive of Belong, Tracy Paine, commented: “I’m excited to see work underway to clear the older buildings on the site to enable construction to commence on what will be our first coastal development.

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“Birkdale is a perfect location for Belong and I’m confident that we can create something of real benefit to the local community, as well as providing the high quality care services for our customers, for which we are recognised in the care sector.”

The development, which will provide 24-hour care and nursing support, will also offer 30 one- and two-bed independent apartments, together with a range of facilities open to the public, including a bistro, hair salon, exercise studio and function rooms.

Birkdale will be the eighth multi-million pound development in the north west by not-for-profit organisation, Belong, which currently operates villages in Warrington, Wigan, Crewe, Macclesfield, Atherton, Didsbury and Newcastle-under Lyme.

Freddie Richards, investment director at Octopus Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be forming a long-term partnership with Belong, whose pioneering household and community led approach to elderly care has a proven track-record of success. The facility in Birkdale will be of great benefit to the local community and we look forward to supporting the team in its delivery.”

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