Construction of a groundbreaking new £7million care home is now well underway.
Work on Lancashire County Council’s state-of-the-art facility at Bowgreave Rise in Garstang began in October 2021 and the new building can now be seen standing behind the existing residential house.
The structure of the house, which is being built by the Eric Wright Group, is now complete and work on the bedrooms and common areas is progressing well.
This new three-story, 45-bed nursing home will replace the current Bowgreave Rise Home for Older People.
This means that people in need of mainstream care or dementia care will have access to much improved and more modern facilities.
The new home is scheduled to open in the spring of 2023 and once residents and staff have moved in, the old existing building will be demolished to make way for a new supplementary care facility.
County Councilor Graham Gooch, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: ‘Homes like Bowgreave Rise are crucial as we now have more people with dementia who need residential care.
“The current home has been doing its job for many years and the ward staff work so hard to provide quality care. However, the building is tired and not up to modern standards.
“We want a new, bigger house so we can meet the growing demand for this kind of care service and ensure people get the care they need in the right setting.”
The house is one of the county council’s first new facilities to be fitted with the latest green technology to help reduce its carbon footprint.
An energy-efficient underfloor heating system, electronic vehicle charging stations and high-performance glazing to prevent the building from being overheated or cooled by the outside temperature are some of the features included in the construction.
Materials are recycled and reused on site whenever possible as part of the construction process.
County Councilor 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 improves resident comfort.
“The heat source pumps will help maintain the temperature of the building. We also use solar panels and high efficiency boilers, which are hydrogen ready.
“The new home will be crucial to the local community and I look forward to seeing it completed.”
Commenting on the delivery of the programme, Eric Wright Project Coordinator Darren Clayton said: “We are delighted to be part of the delivery of this important local facility through our ongoing partnership with the County Council.
“We worked closely with staff and residents to develop the design to ensure the project met their needs and could also be built with minimal disruption.
“We look forward to delivering this important facility for seniors in the local community.”