A multi-million pound state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly care facility is being planned for Ashington, Northumberland.
The site was formerly occupied by Essendene care home before it was demolished.
If the plans get the final go-ahead there will be a 58-bed care home and a second 12-bedroom specialist unit.
The new scheme will be the second major development in Northumberland by Malhotra Group. It follows the opening last year of the purpose-build 86-bedroom Beech Tree House in Alnwick.
This latest scheme will be another major boost for the region where the number of elderly people is rising. It will also create more than 100 jobs in what is a challenging time for local employment.
The main building will include leisure, dining, treatment and administration facilities.
Ian Tubman, Malhotra group project director, said the building will bring the unused site back to life.
“The quality of the facility will be first class and include designed features so it feels like a real home,” he said. “The secure and well-maintained gardens will include planting to encourage wildlife, while also being attractive for the residents to use.”
David Coundon, director at Space Architects, said the challenge of this project was to provide contemporary buildings accommodating the very best in care facilities. At the same time it has to respect the landscaped site and the parkland and residential surroundings.
“Allowing these contextual parameters to interact with the programmatic requirements of these two independent but complementary buildings has produced an interesting and rich design,” he said.
An application for planning permission was submitted to Northumberland County Council on 21 December 2020.
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