Seddon takes over Belong Chester care village

Work is to restart on a £21m dementia care village in Chester, following Belong’s appointment of Seddon Construction to take over the unfinished project after the collapse of Pochin’s last summer.

Cheshire contractor Pochin’s originally began work on the City Road development in 2018, before going into administration in August.

Seddon previously built the Belong care village in Wigan, which opened in 2009.

Belong Chester is expected to open next year and will provide accommodation and specialist dementia and nursing support for more than 100 people. 

There will be 24-hour support across six extended family-sized households. The village also includes 23 independent living apartments, which are available to buy or rent. 

Designed by Altrincham-based Pozzoni Architecture, the village hub building has a range of facilities, including a bistro, hair salon, exercise studio and function rooms. 

Chris Hughes, chief finance officer at Belong, Chris Hughes, said: “We are thrilled to have recruited a trusted partner in Seddon to support us with the next stage of the project. We look forward to opening Belong Chester in 2021 and bringing much needed older people’s services to those in the local community.”

Jonathan Seddon, director of Seddon Construction, added: “As with our other work with Belong, there’s a real sense that together, we are creating a place that will be an asset to so many people, both those in need of care and the wider community.”

The site of the village is on Queen’s Avenue and will involve the landscaping of surrounding areas, including the canal-side conservation area, for local residents

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