Work begins on £9m dementia care 'hub' in Worle

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 April 2015

Ground breaking ceremony at Tamar Road.

Ground breaking ceremony at Tamar Road.

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WORK is under way to build a £9million care hub in Worle, which will provide 24-hour support for people with disabilities and dementia.

A development of 65 self-contained flats, a wellbeing centre and other facilities for the community is being built at Tamar Road in Worle.

When completed the hub will provide a range of specialist dementia support.

Bristol-based construction company Rydon is now on site and marked the beginning of the build with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The company’s regional director, Paul Barber, said: “This extra care development will become an important resource for Worle, providing much-needed facilities for the local community.

“We are very pleased to celebrate this first milestone and look forward to working alongside Alliance Homes to deliver this project to a high standard. During its delivery, Rydon will also bring an economic boost by offering opportunities for local people and businesses.”

The project is being delivered by Alliance Homes with North Somerset Council and NHS North Somerset and comes five years after Worle’s Poppyfields care home – another specialist dementia facility – closed amid fierce public protests.

Chief executive of Alliance Homes, Clive Bodley, said: “This is an important project for the group, which now provides support and care services to around 1,500 people to support them to achieve or maintain levels of independence in their lives.

“We look forward to welcoming the first residents next year.”

The land around the building will be landscaped and its upper levels will have special balcony areas with sun shading.

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