Redevelopment Project News
Jun 2008 - Foundation Stone Ceremony at Quedgeley
On 11 June, residents and staff of Woolstrop House in Quedgeley and Podsmead Court, Gloucester celebrated as Cllr Tony Hicks, lead Cabinet member for Community and Adult Care, Gloucestershire County Council laid the foundation stone for their new care home in Quedgeley.
Photo shows staff and residents from both homes enjoying the sunshine before the ceremony began with a welcome speech by County Director, Timothy Joy.
The stone was engraved with the following wording:
“This Foundation Stone was laid on 11 June 2008 by Councillor Tony Hicks Lead Cabinet Member for Community and Adult Care Gloucestershire County Council to mark the commencement of the new care home in Quedgeley”.
The new care home will replace Woolstrop House and Podsmead Court. It will have 80 en suite bedrooms over two floors, 40 of which will form a specialist dementia care wing. Each floor will have its own communal lounges, dining rooms and assisted bathing facilities. The dementia care wing has been designed in consultation with experts in this particular area and will incorporate key features aimed specifically at assisting this client group and promoting greater independence. Among other facilities, it will include an integral courtyard garden, sensory and activity rooms and smaller, quiet lounges. Residents and staff will move into their new home in two phases, those from Woolstrop House in March 2009 and those from Podsmead Court on completion of the second phase of construction, targeted for November 2009. The ceremony was attended by residents and staff of both Woolstrop House and Podsmead Court, together with senior executives and Trustees from The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), Gloucestershire County Council officers and representatives from the many organisations who have been involved in bringing this project to fruition.
Members of GCP Board from l-r
Sir Nicholas Mander, Chairman, John Cross, bpha, Mark Branton and Cllr Tony Hicks, GCC