Redevelopment Project News
Apr 2009 - Residents move into new homes
Earlier this year we saw the first phases of two of our new state-of-the-art care homes opened by Councillor Tony Hicks and Sir Nicholas Mander with a small ribbon cutting event at each home.
Chestnut Court in Quedgeley was the first to be opened in January followed by the successful relocation of 29 residents from Woolstrop House into their new rooms. They were soon able to enjoy the wonderful facilities in the dining rooms and smaller lounges offering excellent views of the local area.
Photo shows (l-r) - Julia Gillett, resident, Sir Nicholas Mander, Councillor Tony Hicks and Jack Critchley, resident and members of staff, county office team and Thomas Vale.
The old Woolstrop House building was demolished just days after the move and the foundations were in place within a week for phase 2 of the new care home. This will include a new 40 bedded Dementia Unit due to be completed later this year. Residents and staff from Podsmead Court will then transfer to their new home in January.
Millbrook Lodge at Brockworth enjoyed their ribbon cutting event in March, just 11 months after the official Turf Cutting Ceremony held in April 2008.
Photo (l-r) John Harris, resident, Sir Nicholas Mander, Councillor Tony Hicks and Pat Carpenter, resident.
42 residents were successfully transferred to the new building via a covered walkway just a few metres from Horsbere House. A large team of homes' staff ensured the residents were comfortable during and after the move. That evening they all enjoyed a Fish & Chip supper in their new dining rooms. The county office team helped with the move making beds, unpacking residents' personal belongings and spending time with them in their new surroundings.
A strong force of handymen from some of our other homes helped with the decommissioning of the old Horsbere House building, recycling furniture and equipment to some of the other homes in the County and generally "lifting and shifting".
Councillor Hicks and Sir Nicholas at Millbrook Lodge.
The foundation stone ensconced into the wall of the entrance hall at Chestnut Court.