Conwy Respite Centre
Former hospital buildings on the site would be demolished under the plans

Conwy hunts for developer for £6m care home

Dan Whelan

The council wants to appoint a development partner to build a two-storey respite care centre and café on the site of a former isolation hospital off Dinerth Road in Rhos-on-Sea. 

Respite care is a short-term stay, typically around one to two weeks, in a care home. It is often arranged to give a carer a break from their duties.

The £6m project would be built in two phases. The respite care centre element, approved in January, includes the demolition of three council-owned buildings that have been vacant since November 2018. 

Constructed in 1904, the buildings were originally used as a hospital to treat patients suffering from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. More recently, they were occupied by the council’s social services department, which relocated to a site on Coed Pella Road two years ago. 

The second part of the scheme involves knocking down the hospital’s former morgue to make way for building containing a café, shop and welfare facilities for the nearby Bryn Euryn Nursery. 

Plans for this part of the project were approved last month.

Prior to appointing a contractor, Conwy intends to run a market consultation between 28 July and 5 August, with developers, building contractors and registered social landlords to discuss proposals for the project. 

The council is considering two potential delivery methods. The first option involves the appointment of a developer or building contractor to deliver the project, with the parties entering into a construction contract. 

The second option is to procure a third party to enter into occupational long leases and development agreements for the development of the respite care centre and café.  

The third party will be expected to build the development and provide ongoing facilities management services under the terms of the leases.  

Conwy aims to appoint a development partner in September. 

Dewis Architecture is the architect for the project. Datrys is the structural engineer. 

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