A £12m care home conversion in West Yorkshire is to create 130 local jobs.
The investment by Enhanced Community Healthcare Options (ECHO) in partnership with the Seddon Group, will see the Grade II listed Malsis Hall in Glusburn near Keighley converted into a specialist care facility.
Andrew Shelton Murray, Director of ECHO, said: “The specialist rehabilitation care that will be provided is designed to help people to recover in a supportive and inclusive environment, and eventually reach the stage where each individual can live independently.
“Malsis Hall is also going to be a fantastic facility to benefit everyone in the local area. Our aim, with the three sports pitches, the sports pavilion and the meeting rooms, is to make it a hub of activity, where people can gather and share a community experience.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to create 130 jobs to support the new facility, which will primarily be advertised in the local area. It is very important to us that we support the local economy as much as possible, from recruiting the staff, to the food, to the contractors undertaking the work. We want this to be a local service for local people that everyone can be proud of.”
The care centre, which will officially open on September 5, will be designed to provide recovery and rehabilitation for people with mental health conditions, often resulting from psychological trauma.
In addition to refurbishing and adapting the existing school, ECHO is renovating the cottages, houses and chapel on the grounds to create a 51-bed facility, which will open in two phases in early summer and autumn.