First brick not yet laid but cost of care village rises by £1m

A mock-up of the proposed development

A mock-up of the proposed development

First published in News

COSTS of a £7.2million extra care village in Poole have shot up by nearly £1m before a brick has been laid.

Borough of Poole has approved an additional £964,000 on top of £5.5m capital funding, to allow solar panels at Trinidad Extra Care Housing Village and to cover costs incurred due to changes in the market since the original expenditure was calculated.

The council and Poole Housing Partnership were awarded £1.7m from the Homes and Communities Agency towards the project.

Following a tender process the council has selected Drew Smith Ltd to build the 54 apartments for older people and younger disabled people.

Building work is due to start in November and plans include a central courtyard with seating areas, landscaped gardens and terraces for residents to enjoy.

There will be a restaurant, spa and beauty salon for residents and the community to use.

Cllr Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for housing, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased that a contractor has now been appointed to oversee this development.

“There is a growing need for this type of accommodation in Poole and we are pleased to see the project progressing, which will provide extra care housing for some of our more vulnerable residents.”

Cllr Brian Clements, ward member for Newtown, said: “It’s great to see works progressing with the appointment of the contractor.

“When finished the development will provide both Trinidad House residents and the local community with quality facilities for everyone to enjoy.”

PHP resident board member Jo Gordon, who lives in sheltered housing said: “This is great news for Poole and for all those older people who need the support extra care housing offers.

“We are delighted to be able to move forward with building these modern, much needed homes.”

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10:24am Wed 13 Aug 14

60plus says...

For a quarter of that price the council could have saved Mitchell House.
For a quarter of that price the council could have saved Mitchell House. 60plus
  • Score: 4

10:28am Wed 13 Aug 14

Marcus James says...

As with anything the council is involved in the cost will just spiral and spiral
Lets see how much more is needed for this project to actually finish
The worst part is still to come
Wait until we the council tax payers find out what the cost of staffing and running it is and home much cheaper it would have been to commission privately!
As with anything the council is involved in the cost will just spiral and spiral Lets see how much more is needed for this project to actually finish The worst part is still to come Wait until we the council tax payers find out what the cost of staffing and running it is and home much cheaper it would have been to commission privately! Marcus James
  • Score: 3

10:42am Wed 13 Aug 14

Branksome Boy says...

Does anyone know where this village is going ? Is it the space along Herbert Avenue,

Thanks
Does anyone know where this village is going ? Is it the space along Herbert Avenue, Thanks Branksome Boy
  • Score: -3

12:18pm Wed 13 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Marcus James wrote:
As with anything the council is involved in the cost will just spiral and spiral
Lets see how much more is needed for this project to actually finish
The worst part is still to come
Wait until we the council tax payers find out what the cost of staffing and running it is and home much cheaper it would have been to commission privately!
Government money is consistently wasted regardless of council
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: As with anything the council is involved in the cost will just spiral and spiral Lets see how much more is needed for this project to actually finish The worst part is still to come Wait until we the council tax payers find out what the cost of staffing and running it is and home much cheaper it would have been to commission privately![/p][/quote]Government money is consistently wasted regardless of council bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

Yes its a wonderful idea but why has the price risen by £1 million before a brick has been laid? It seems a hell of an increase considering the original plans were only approved a short time ago.
Yes its a wonderful idea but why has the price risen by £1 million before a brick has been laid? It seems a hell of an increase considering the original plans were only approved a short time ago. Marty Caine
  • Score: -2

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