Failed care homes sold to developers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 April 2015

Two former care homes in Weston have been sold.

Two former care homes in Weston have been sold.

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Two former dementia care homes in Weston, which were closed down last year amid concerns over hygiene, have been sold to developers.

Kew Gardens and St Anthony’s Court are set to be turned into housing developments after being sold at auction by specialist property advisors Christie and Co.

Kew Gardens, in Kew Road, sold for £386,000 and St Anthony’s Court, in Bristol Road Lower, sold for £350,000.

Simon Harvey, director of Christie and Co’s South West healthcare team commented: “Significant interest was shown in both properties from a range of potential purchasers including care home operators, property developers and investors. Both properties were subsequently sold at auction.

“The popularity of these assets demonstrates the strong appetite for care homes at the moment and we were pleased to work with Embrace to facilitate these sales, which will enable them to concentrate on their core business.”

Kew Gardens is a detached building with 29 bedrooms, of which 22 were en suite, while St Anthony’s, which is also detached, has 33 bedrooms with 19 en suite.

Each site has private off-road parking for a number of vehicles, making them an attractive prospect for would-be buyers.

St Anthony’s was sold to a property investor based in Kent. The sale completed last month, and the developer is yet to confirm any future intentions for the site.

Kew Gardens, meanwhile, was bought by Black and White Construction, a Bristol-based property development company, which plans to turn the building into residential apartments.

The company was unavailable for comment when approached by the Mercury this week.

The homes were closed down by care provider Embrace in July 2014, after unannounced inspections by the Care Quality Commission found they failed to meet standards in care, cleanliness, safety and quality control.

A spokesman for Embrace said at the time: “We carried out a detailed review which found that it wasn’t possible to make the changes needed at these homes that would make them fit for purpose to meet future care needs.”

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