Engineering green light brings Barrow care home dream step closer
Last updated at 16:23, Thursday, 12 September 2013
PLANS to build a state-of-the-art 60-bed care home have moved a step closer after a start date was agreed for a water company to divert a sewer that runs underneath the site.
Preparatory work to divert the sewer has started and United Utilities, which owns the sewer, hopes to start work on the site in Barrow next week.
The sewer had been a sticking point in the development of the “gold standard” care home, but building work can finally get under way once United Utilities has finished the job.
Bosses have said the work will not affect the tens of thousands of Barrow people whose homes and businesses are linked to the sewer.
Plans for the £7m development were approved by Cumbria County Council in 2009.
Councillor David Southward, cabinet member for property on the county council, said: “We need United Utilities to undertake this work before building work can start in earnest on the site.”
Councillor Beth Furneaux, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “This new 60-bed residential home is central to how we will deliver services in Barrow in the future.
“The investment of more than £7m is one of the largest schemes we have in the county and will ensure the home is state of the art and meets the gold standard for dementia care.”
United Utilities’ project manager, Eric Hepworth said: “Moving this sewer is something which has taken time to plan because it is a major piece of engineering.
“The pipe is one of Barrow’s main sewers carrying millions of litres of foul water for treatment every day.
“We’ll be installing four large, new manholes and about 100 metres of new large diameter pipe – all without disrupting the service to the tens of thousands of Barrow homes and businesses who need it.”
It is anticipated the home will open in 2015.
First published at 15:56, Thursday, 12 September 2013
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So pleased the development is going ahead but very sad that young disabled adults have not been catered for. We have many young adults with disabilities that need extra care facilities but they have been forgotten about yet again. When is Cumbria County Council going to think about where all the adults on the autistic spectrum can live?