Ground-breaking Garstang care home taking shape
Construction of a ground-breaking new £7m care home in Garstang is now well underway.
Work on Lancashire County Council's cutting-edge facility at Bowgreave Rise began in October 2021 and the new building can now be seen standing behind the existing residential home.
The structure of the home, which is being built by The Eric Wright Group, is now complete and work on the bedrooms and communal areas is progressing well.
This new three-storey, 45-bed care home will replace the current Bowgreave Rise Home for Older People. It will mean people needing mainstream or dementia care have access to much-improved, more modern facilities.
The new home is scheduled to open in spring 2023 and once residents and staff have moved over, the existing older building will be demolished to make way for a new extra care facility.
You can see how the new home is taking shape in this video clip:
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult social care, said: "Homes like Bowgreave Rise are crucial as we now have more people living with dementia who need residential care.
"The current home has done its job for many years and staff at the service work so hard to deliver high standards of care. However, the building is tired and not up to modern standards.
"We want a new, larger home so we can cope with the increasing demand for this type of care service and ensure people have the care they need at the right setting."
The home is one of the first new-build county council facilities to be kitted out with the latest green technology to help lower its carbon footprint.
An energy-efficient under-floor heating system, electronic vehicle charging points and high-performance glazing to prevent the building being heated or cooled too much by the outside temperature are some of the features included in the build.
Materials are being recycled and reused onsite where possible as part of the construction process.
County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: "Building from scratch gives us the opportunity to future proof the care home in terms of energy use and carbon footprint.
"The super insulated structure saves energy and will ensure it is more comfortable for residents.
"Heat source pumps will help keep the building temperate. We are also using solar panels and high efficiency boilers, which are hydrogen ready.
"The new home will be crucial for the local community and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed."
Commenting on the delivery of the scheme, Eric Wright project co-ordinator Darren Clayton said: “We are pleased to be involved in delivering this important local facility through our ongoing partnership with the county council.
"We have been working closely with the staff and residents to develop the design to ensure that the project fulfils their needs and can also be constructed with a minimum disruption.
"We look forward to delivering this important facility for the older people in the local community.”