Work has begun on a new £10.5m care hub at Britain’s oldest retirement village.
Finance for the project at Whiteley Village, which was established in 1917 and is run by the Whiteley Homes Trust, has been provided by two of the UK’s most prominent social lenders, Triodos Bank and Unity Trust Bank.
Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive of The Whiteley Homes Trust, said: “The new care hub marks the start of the next chapter in the history of Whiteley Village. Quality of life for our residents has always been our passion, working together with residents to support the whole community to age well within their own homes. The addition of new facilities from which we can deploy up-to-date clinical care will further enhance life for people today and in the future.”
Scheduled to open in March 2019, the new care hub will provide intensive care capacity for up to 30 people with complex needs associated with old age. This includes space for visiting families to stay with their loved ones, consultation rooms for visiting health professionals from the local GP practice/NHS, therapy space, and a large café to provide a new social venue at the heart of the village.
Matt Conroy, relationship manager at Triodos Bank, said: “With this innovative new care hub, Whiteley Village is at an exciting stage in its 100-year history. At Triodos, we want to make sure that organisations like Whiteley get the financial support they need to shape a future world that’s better for us all. The benefits of collaborative care are obvious, and Whiteley is creating a model of care that places human dignity at its very core.”
The Care hub’s architects are Francis Roberts and Levitt Bernstein with design and build work carried out by Castleoak.
Craig Currie, Chief Executive at Castleoak, said: “Castleoak is delighted that Whiteley Village has chosen to partner with us on this important new care hub. We value the opportunity to create quality living space for residents.”