The first part of the refurbishment of the veteran care village in Salford, said to be the North West’s only home for ex-servicemen and women, has completed, paving the way for the second phase to begin in October.
Contractor Eric Wright Group has finished work on a three-storey building comprising 32 bedrooms, two activity rooms, two lounges and two kitchens for the Broughton House charity that owns the facility. Residents will move into their new accommodation next week.
The first-phase building is called The Stoller Wing, in honour of North West businessman and philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller, whose charitable trust has provided substantial financial backing for the scheme, according to the charity.
The whole redevelopment is intended to provide space for 94 ex-servicemen and women compared to 50 prior to the redevelopment.
Plans for the scheme, designed by architect Levitt Bernstein, were approved by Salford City Council in September 2017.
The first phase also features a nursing care suite named after Sir William Coates, who founded Broughton House in 1916 and a residential care suite named after Charlie Fox, the first Broughton House resident.
On the ground floor there is a café, the Broughton House museum, a reception area, hair salon, physiotherapy and treatment room, and conference facilities.
A gym will be added to the list of ground floor amenities as part of the second phase of the project.
The design of the care home is the contemporary reimagining of a military fort, according to the architect.
The second phase will see the construction of the Jellicoe Wing, which will feature a further 32 bedrooms and six independent living apartments, alongside an armed forces support hub.
Outdoor features are to include memorial gardens, a bandstand, landscaped gardens and a bowling green.
So far, Broughton House has raised £11.5m to help fund the scheme. In addition to those given by the Stoller Charitable Trust, funds have come from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Band Trust, Lord Glendonbrook and from the Libor initiative, the Government initiative created to redistribute the proceeds of rigged banking fines.
Broughton House is also running a Buy-a-Brick appeal to raise further funds.
Dooley Associates is project managing the scheme.
Tom O’Brien, chairman of the Broughton House Executive Committee, said: “We are thrilled that the commissioning of the Stoller Wing at the Veteran Care Village will be taking place this month. It will be a building where our veterans and families receive the care and service they richly deserve.
“We could not have achieved this important milestone without support from a variety of sources, and we are extremely grateful for the commitment of all those organisations and individuals who have contributed and for the belief they have shown in the concept to help bring our vision to reality.”