Crown Care to invest £115m in care villages
North East operators Crown Care have announced plans for care villages and care homes throughout the UK.
The company has planning permission in place for three developments with others in the pipeline as the company embarks on major growth plans.
“We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it,” said Crown Care director Baldev Ladhar.
“We are investing more than £115m to deliver a nationwide portfolio of care facilities with the focus on the care village model – communities at the heart of the community where they are based.
“Crown Care is investing not simply in new homes but in taking the whole care concept to the next level. The company has attracted some of the leading clinicians and managers from across the care sector who have contributed to achieving what are uniformly high standards of excellence. We look forward to getting on site and creating homes for hundreds of residents.”
Forthcoming developments with planning permission, designed by Newcastle-based architects ID Partnership include:
Middlemore, Daventry. 307 homes made up of apartments, bungalows and houses with central facilities forming a new care village. The Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which includes an 83-bed care home overlooking Drayton Reservoir, will provide housing for elderly people through a variety of care options including ‘assisted living’, ‘extracare’ or ‘very sheltered housing’ and ‘close care’.
Close care is a term used to describe various models of housing where there is sheltered/retirement accommodation linked to or on the same site as a care home. Some close care housing will be available to buy and other units on a rental basis.
Discussions have taken place with Daventry and Northamptonshire Care Commissioners to ensure the CCRC delivers the services for the growing Daventry older population.
The extracare building will offer a range of services for all residents including a doctors’ surgery, consultation rooms, cafe, bar/restaurant, reminiscence library, shop, nursery, gym and spa. There will be an on-site team responsible for delivering care to residents, (other than care home residents), throughout the retirement village based on individual personal care plans. Residents within any unit across the Middlemore retirement community will be able to access a range of services including housework, laundry services and short-term support from care staff if necessary. There will also be transport provided via minibus and pool cars for easy access to the surrounding area, as well as staff accommodation. The £60m scheme is expected to create 300 jobs with Phase one, starting early this year, is scheduled for completion by early 2019.
Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Care, hotel and retail development. Crown Care proposes to develop the vacant site into an 82-bed, three-storey hotel, to be operated by sister company Ladhar Leisure, with combined retail units on the ground floor and alongside a 75-bed care home with an additional 26 independent retirement apartments. Work is due to begin on the £15m development early in 2018 and will create around 120 jobs.
Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. A 74-bed care home close to the High Street. The £6m scheme is expected to start early this year and be complete early 2019 , creating 90 jobs. This scheme is designed by Iain Murphy of Acanthus Derbyshire Architects Ltd. Further developments still in the planning process include another site in Daventry as well as sites in York and Buckinghamshire.
All the care homes will be similar to the company’s Royal Hampton in Ponteland near Newcastle opened in 2016 and Claremont House in Beverley, East Yorkshire which Crown Care opened last April, with furnishings and facilities akin to a five-star hotel. Crown Care is part of the Ladhar Group with a portfolio of care and leisure operations. The company currently operates 14 care homes in the North East and Yorkshire.