Work has started on a 50-bed new state-of-the-art care home facility being created in Bournemouth which will offer elderly, specialist dementia and nursing care for residents.
Midas Southern, a division of The Midas Group – one of the largest independent construction companies in the UK – won the contract to develop the new home for Poole-based care provider Care South. The former Wickmeads care home based in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth is being completely redeveloped to create a modern new facility as part of a project to rebuild the current premises and provide up to date accommodation.
Construction work began in mid-January and the 2,735 sq m development is due to complete in spring 2015.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on site with guests from Care South, Midas Southern and Bournemouth Council attending to celebrate the project getting underway.
Midas Southern won the contract to develop the home as the division enjoys growing success in the South East region, having recently expanded its management team in the area as it continues to secure new work. Midas Southern is also in the process of developing a £13million retirement and care complex in the centre of Poole.
Paul Strachan, Divisional Director for Midas Southern, said:
“We are proud to be working closely with Care South to create a truly first-class new care home in Bournemouth to benefit residents for many years to come, and further improve the provision of residential care for elderly people in the wider Dorset area.
“It follows Midas Southern starting work on a major retirement and care home complex for the Methodist Homes Association (MHA) in Poole, and is further recognition of our talented team’s knowledge and experience in working in partnership with the country’s leading care providers to produce fantastic new facilities.”
Care South is a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality residential and home care services across the south of England, and offering a full range of care services for people of all ages.
Simon Bird, Development Director at Care South, said:
“We are delighted to see rebuilding work begin on the Wickmeads site to develop a modern home for residents with fantastic facilities. At Care South, we are mindful of the growing need for elderly care in the community and this redevelopment project follows our strategic plan to expand and invest in our care homes, helping to meet the needs of older people for the future. This new home will have increased capacity for residents and will offer the environment that will allow us to deliver the very highest quality of care for our residents.”
Cllr Blair Crawford, cabinet member for adult social care at Bournemouth Council, attended the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate work starting on site. He said:
“We are delighted to be able to work with Care South and facilitate the building of a brand new care home in Southbourne which will specialise in high-needs dementia care. This new home will ensure that people living with dementia receive the support they need with the right advice and services so they can live well with dementia.”