200 jobs created as dementia care provider opens new £13m facility in Harrogate
Posted by Nick Hill on 11 Jan 2017
200 new jobs have been created as a £13m dementia facility has opened its doors in Harrogate.
Vida Grange, the new 124-bed facility, has delivered by Projex Building Solutions for Harrogate-based dementia care provider Vida Healthcare, part of The Rycroft Group.
Projex also worked with Vida to deliver Vida Hall, providing project management and cost consultancy services across both schemes, as well as principal designer (CDMC) services on Vida Grange.
Last year Vida Hall became the first facility in the UK to achieve an Outstanding award by the Care Quality Commission.
The new home forms phase one of the redevelopment of the former Dunlopillo factory at Pannal Business Park, and comprises eight different houses.
The houses feature a range of residential care options as well as day care services and respite care to the local area and beyond. It will also offer a dedicated service to younger people – making it one of the first homes in the region providing support to people under 65.
Vida has worked with senior consultants in the field to incorporate the latest thinking in dementia care and the purpose-built design incorporates a host of special features including a high proportion of outdoor space accessed through a series of external terraces and internal courtyards, ensuring easy connectivity to the outside for all residents.
James Rycroft, managing director, said: “The response to the opening of Vida Hall showed that we underestimated the huge demand for good dementia care facilities in the region.
“We set out to be a centre of excellence and to change perceptions about dementia care and that aim runs through everything. We have been delighted to work with Projex again and are very proud of our amazing team and the next phase following the launch of Vida Grange.”
The project also involved creating a new roundabout at Pannal on the main route into Harrogate from Leeds and a new link road. The contractor for the project was GMI Construction and the architect was Den Architecture.