Contract Awarded for £15.7m Care Village

Belong has awarded the build contract for its Chester state-of-the-art dementia care village to North West construction and property specialist, Pochin’s.

The £15.7 million development on Chester’s City Road will create in excess of 140 new jobs and provide world-leading dementia and nursing care, together with a range of amenities and services for the wider community.

The four-storey Chester development, which is anticipated to open in spring 2020, will follow Belong's acclaimed village model of care, incorporating six households, each with 12 suites, providing a homely setting for expert 24-hour specialist dementia and nursing care. Also situated in the village will be 23 one and two-bedroom apartments for independent living, which will be available to rent or buy.

Designed by architects, Pozzoni, to incorporate dementia-friendly principles, the village will boast a hub of facilities including a gym, bistro, hair salon and therapy rooms; all open to the general public. The new village will also offer a specialist day care service and the organisation’s award-winning home care service, Belong at Home.

Tracy Paine, Deputy Chief Executive for Belong, said: "We are delighted to be working once again with Pochin’s and pleased that we are now a step closer to contributing to the provision of quality services for people living with dementia in Chester. We have a number of exciting plans for the development and believe the city centre location will contribute to the creation of a vibrant community that is easily accessible to all."