A new £7 million care home for older people is being created on the site of the former Abbacourt Hotel in Leamington Spa.
MHA – one of the country’s leading providers of care to the frail elderly – will lease and operate the new 50 en-suite bedroom complex which is being created by local property developer Earlplace.
Work is now underway to demolish the building. The new home will retain two facades of the former hotel and will feature a range of modern facilities including communal lounges, hair salon, dining rooms and gardens.
Lawrence Grove, Chairman of Earlplace, said, “In the prevailing economic conditions, it is a testament to the quality of this location and the hard work of all involved, including our banker, Jason Constable at Barclays, that we are able to proceed and create what will be an exceptional home for MHA. It is great to be reporting such good news.”
Jane Barker, Director of Strategic Partnerships at MHA, is delighted at the prospect of a new home in the town.
She said: “Our existing care home, also on the Kenilworth Road, has been in operation since 1951. Residents and staff will move only a couple of hundred yards to the new building when it is complete in January 2010. We had been looking for a new site in town for several years until Earlplace created this opportunity.”
Earlplace have appointed Robothams Architects of Warwick and G.A.J Construction of Coventry to carry out the design and construction.
Tim Malby, Earlplace’s Managing Director said, “Not only is Leamington crying out for a care home of this standard, which will allow our frail elderly residents to live in dignified surroundings with on-the-spot care, but it is a great feeling amongst all the doom and gloom to be starting the building of this new project.”
Earlplace are becoming specialists in the provision of new care facilities and have sites in various stages of development in Stratford on Avon, Bristol and Chippenham. In Leamington itself they have been involved with many properties on the Parade, including Clarendon Court, and with buildings in Holly Walk.
Pictured: Jane Barker (MHA Care Group) with Tim Malby and Lawrence Grove (front)
The press release will appear in the Leamington Courier and Birmingham Post during December 2008 and then Estates Gazette and Property week during January 2009.