The project to build the Gladstone House Extra Care facility in Newark is now complete and ready for residents to move in. The new building comprises of a range of beautiful apartments for people aged over sixty, made up of 48 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom homes, as well as extra facilities such as a beauty room with hairdressers and a cafeteria.
Forty of the sixty apartments will be occupied by residents who have been identified by Nottinghamshire County Council as suitable for the accommodation. The remaining twenty apartments were opened to applications from Newark and Sherwood Homes.
The £8 million facility has been purposely designed to be dementia-friendly, meaning no two corridors are the same. Some corridors are differentiated by feature walls, with themed vinyl wall coverings of historical pictures and images, such as Southwell or the River Trent. This provides residents with a trip down memory lane, whilst also helping to navigate around the building.
The features of the building have been carefully selected to help residents live independently, but with access to 24-hour support. These include designated charging spaces for mobility scooters, level access wet rooms, assisted bathing rooms, guest suites and underfloor heating.
Outside, there are attractive sensory gardens with a living green wall and the cascading atrium green roofs. The living roof is completely covered by vegetation which will absorb rainwater and also provide insulation to reduce energy consumption.
As project managers for this important development on behalf of Newark and Sherwood District Council and in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and Homes England, we are delighted that it has been completed on time and on budget. Working with Henry Boot Construction has been a real collaborative arrangement. They have been open, approachable and professional throughout the project and have hit programme dates as agreed. They have been an integral part of a larger team that has delivered a beautiful building that will benefit the community for years to come.
Andy Dewberry, Assistant Director, Newark and Sherwood Homes