Progress on New Care Home at Chelmund’s Cross

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Progress on New Care Home at Chelmund’s Cross

Working alongside Solihull Council and the North Solihull Partnership, Runwood Homes Group are building and then running the 73 bed home for older people with dementia.

Construction work started on the care home in September 2016 and is due to be completed in October 2017.

The Council will commission a ten year block contract to occupy all of the beds in the new home, meaning that local people will have greater access to affordable care in the future.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Karen Grinsell who visited the site this week said: "It's fantastic to see work starting on site on what will be an exemplar scheme, bringing much needed, high quality care facilities to local people.  I look forward to seeing the site develop".

The new home is located within Chelmunds Cross Village Centre.  The centre, part funded by the European Regional Development fund, includes the £10m Bishop Wilson School, a new Enterprise Centre providing office space for small and new start-up businesses, as well as a new medical centre, dental practice, pharmacy and retail units.  The creation of the care home will mark the final phase of the Chelmunds Cross Village Centre development which has seen £22m of investment so far.

Gordon Sanders, Chief Executive of Runwood Homes said: "From the outset we want the village community to feel part of what will be happening.  They can contribute to naming the home and we will be keen to talk with local tradesmen about any role they might play during construction.  As we approach opening there will be employment opportunities, including apprenticeships in care."

CBRE advised Solihull Council on the sale of the one acre site to Runwood.  Caroline Mitchell-Sanders, a director in CBRE's regeneration and development advisory team, said: "As well as delivering vital care, the Runwood scheme will bring new jobs to the area and forms a vital part of the new Village Centre for Chelmunds Cross.  It's great to see the development under way."

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February 2017 - tower crane arrives on site

March 2017 - Basement works progress

May 2017 - Brickwork almost complete, roofing works commenced

June 2017 - Brickwork and blockwork is now complete. Roofing works 50% complete

June 2017 - First fix works are well advanced