The 40-bed home is being built on the site of the former Bennerley School to replace Hazelwood Home for Older People in Cotmanhay.
Councillor Carol Hart, our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, joined a representative from building firm Wates Construction Ltd to commemorate the start of ground preparations by cutting the first sod yesterday (Monday 8 March).
“This is a big step in our plans to provide an excellent new care home for the local community."
“I’m very pleased to be able to mark such an important occasion in this way.”
The new development – which will cost in the region of £13 million – will replace the ageing Hazelwood home on Skeavington’s Lane which has serious structural issues and needs rewiring.
Building work is expected to take 2 years and current Hazelwood residents will be given the option to move to the new purpose-built development when it is completed.
We launched a consultation into the future of some of our older care homes which needed significant repairs, including rewiring, to bring them up to modern standards.
After listening to local people, our Cabinet decided not to close any home until another local care home or alternative provision was in place and to carry out refurbishments to others to bring them up to the best possible standard.
Councillor Jean Wharmby, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said:
“I am delighted that our plans to create a modern new home to replace Hazelwood Home for Older People have come to fruition.
“This purpose-built new home will provide airy, spacious surroundings with modern facilities such as en-suite toilets to ensure our residents are living in accommodation that is fit for their needs.
“We remain committed to helping older people lead dignified and fulfilled lives which is why we’re investing in our homes which require repairs and working with partners and developers to create local alternatives while boosting Derbyshire’s post Covid economy.”
Councillor Angelique Foster, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, added:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with private sector companies to design and build high-quality accommodation in Derbyshire which is fit for the 21st century.”
The designs for the new development off Bennerley Avenue have been drawn up by award-winning architects Glancy Nicholls to the highest dementia-friendly standards.
The 2-story building would house 40 bedrooms, each with an en-suite accessible bathroom. Each of the 2 wings will have its own lounge, dining area and activity room.
There will be communal spaces with a hairdresser, occupational therapy and treatment rooms and a guest room. Outside there will be garden terraces and seating areas for residents and their families to enjoy, and raised beds forming an allotment that residents can tend.