Veteran care village plans approved

A £12.5m proposal for the redevelopment of Broughton House in Salford, the North West’s only home for ex-servicemen and women, was approved by the council this month.

Levitt Bernstein, the scheme’s architect, submitted the application to the council in July, with renovations set to start in early 2018.

Approved plans include the demolition of the current building to make way for a 64-bedroom care home with a dementia wing and a separate 34-unit independent living block, estimated for completion in 2020.

Broughton House currently provides care for up to 50 ex-servicemen and women, which will increase to 94 people after the renovations.

Other features include a military support hub fitted with an advice centre, gym, and hair salon. A memorial park has been designed by landscape architect Exterior Architecture, which will have a cenotaph and remembrance walls, as well as an all-weather bowling green and bandstand.

Funding for the two-acre site will be partially paid through a £3m grant from Government-initiative LIBOR funding, which is a redistribution of banking fine proceeds. Broughton House’s fundraising is ongoing.

The redevelopment will be managed in two stages so that disruption for residents is kept to a minimum.

The first stage will be the erection of the 34-unit independent living block. Once completed, those currently living in the Broughton House will move in. The second stage will see the building will be demolished to make way for the 64-bedroom care home.

Ty Platten, chief executive of Broughton House, said: “Whilst ex-servicemen and women vary in age from those who served in WW2 to more recently Iraq and Afghanistan, the North West has always remained the largest recruitment area in the UK.

“The need to expand our level of care is vital to meet the growing and changing needs of veterans, both now and in the future.

Dooley Associates is managing the scheme’s delivery, with Curtins Consulting as the structural engineer and Building Services Design as service engineer.

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