£115m ploughed into care village model which hopes to go nationwide

A care provider in the North East is hoping to expand its portfolio of facilities across the UK and bring its care village concept to more people.

Crown Care’s ambitious plans include three new developments and others in the pipeline which will all be fitted with a host of access and mobility solutions to aid independent living.

The facilities will feature waist level appliances to minimise bending and lifting, wheelchair accessibility to apartments and shared areas allowing people to move around the development without difficulty and secure, lockable doors and windows to prevent unauthorised entry.

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The units will also offer mobility scooter storage space and there will be a secure place for mobility scooters, complete with charging points.

Baldev Ladhar, director of Crown Care, said: “We are investing more than £115m to deliver a nationwide portfolio of care facilities with the focus on the care village model – communities at the heart of the community where they are based.”

Forthcoming developments with planning permission, designed by the Newcastle-based architects ID Partnership include a set of 307 apartments in Daventry, including an 83-bed care home.

The extra care building will offer a range of services for all residents including a doctors’ surgery, consultation rooms, cafe, bar/restaurant, reminiscence library, shop, nursery, gym and spa.

The £60m scheme is expected to create 300 jobs with phase one starting early this year to be completed by early 2019.

There is also a care, hotel and retail development proposed for a site in Northallerton. Crown Care is proposing to develop the vacant site into an 82-bedroom, three-storey hotel, to be operated by sister company Ladhar Leisure, with combined retail units on the ground floor and alongside a 75-bedroom care home with an additional 26 independent retirement apartments.

Further developments still in the planning process include another site in Daventry as well as, York and Buckinghamshire which is anticipated will take the total of new jobs created over the next 18 months to 770.

Mr Ladhar added: “Crown Care is investing not simply in new homes but in taking the whole care concept to the next level. The company has attracted some of the leading clinicians and managers from across the care sector who have contributed to achieving what are uniformly high standards of excellence. We look forward to getting on site and creating homes for hundreds of residents.”

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