Projex Building Solutions has been appointed to advise on a third facility in Harrogate for award-winning dementia care provider, Vida Healthcare.
With two ‘outstanding’ awards from the Care Quality Commission already under its belt for its two current facilities in Harrogate – Vida Grange and Vida Hall, both of which Projex advised on – expectations are high for this latest venture, Vida Court, a new purpose-built 67,000 ft2 facility located close to the town’s famous RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.
Providing both residential and specialist dementia care accommodation across one hundred bedrooms, the new development will also incorporate a new headquarters facility for Vida Healthcare’s board of directors and head office staff. The company currently employs 450 staff which is expected to rise to 700 next year.
Designed to an exceptionally high standard and incorporating the latest thinking in dementia and residential care, Vida Court will include eight individual and independent houses, internal circulation areas for residents, all with level access to external gardens, multiple communal spaces and health and wellbeing facilities.
The building will adopt the successful tiered design from their most recent home, Vida Grange, which opened in Pannal in 2016. Work will start on site in Autumn 2019 and it is due for completion in late 2020.
Vida was a regional winner at the Great British Care Awards 2018, winning the Employer of the Year award and its managing director, James Rycroft, was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Social Care at the regional finals of the 2017 Great British Care Awards.
Steve Morphet, healthcare director of Projex, which is appointed to provide project management, cost consultancy (QS) and health and safety advice, comments: “Today’s care home environments are almost unrecognisable from their outdated predecessors and remain a strong part of our portfolio.
“They bring unique construction challenges requiring close working knowledge of the sector, from national care standards through to the latest construction costs and we believe we can bring real value and efficiency to the development and construction process.
“As well as delivering two award-winning homes during 2018 we are currently on site with over 1200 beds and have a number of new instructions for existing clients across the north.”