Work has begun on one of the biggest construction projects in Bristol this year.
The developer Earlplace has completed a land swap with Bristol City Council over a site off Kellaway Avenue, Horfield -exchanging land at the rear of the site for land at the front.
As part of the deal, Earlplace will develop a new independent care home for older people on the front of the site - and build a new Concord Lodge for Bristol City Council on the rear of the site, offering state-of-the-art assessment and residential facilities for people with complex learning difficulties.
The new purpose-built Concord Lodge will provide more personalised services and be designed to enable residents to live more independently.
The existing Concord Lodge building will be demolished when the new unit opens early in 2010.
At the front of the site, the 76-room independent care home will be the first of a new breed. A third of the rooms will be for dementia residents, a third will be nursing rooms and a third will be care suites with sitting rooms.
All three types of rooms will have full en-suite facilities and the home will include gardens, terraces, a hair salon, coffee lounge and a shop.
The developer has agreed and signed a deal with a leading independent care home provider who would create around 60 jobs to run the centre.
Tim Malby, managing director of Earlplace - based near Solihull -said the project was bucking the trend in the property industry.
“There are very few major projects coming through at the moment because of the economic conditions, but this is a glorious exception,” he said.
“We have secured multi-million pound funding through Barclays, have completed a deal with Bristol City Council to create a new centre for them and have signed a long lease with an operator, one of the country’s leading care providers.
“That is good news for every party involved and also for the city of Bristol. Not only will it provide state-of-the-art medical and care services, but will give a boost to the local economy as work is on going.”
Councillor Bev Knott, Cabinet Member for Care and Neighbourhoods at Bristol City Council, said: “This is really good news for the people who use Concord Lodge and for Bristol as a whole. The new Concord Lodge will provide a safe environment for people with complex learning difficulties, giving them the support they need to develop their skills and prepare for a more independent and rewarding life.
“Thanks to the partnership between the city council and Earlplace, the new facility will cost the local tax payers nothing and the development will transform a site which has been an ugly eyesore for years into a well designed and well used local resource.”
Yeovil-based construction firm DR Jones is undertaking the building work.