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Construction progress at a new £6.9m care home in Shropshire has been revealed by the latest aerial photographs of the site.

Not-for-profit care provider, Coverage Care Services, is building the latest addition to its portfolio of homes, called New Fairholme, in Oswestry.

The landmark building will be a direct replacement for Coverage Care’s existing site, Fairholme, on Morda Road, though it will have more than double the space for residents and support services.

Construction is being carried out by Wrexham-based Castlemead Group and the new facility is on course for its scheduled opening in spring 2013.

The finished building will offer 88 en-suite rooms and will provide both residential and nursing care for residents. It is designed to meet evolving care requirements, including removing the need for service users to move to other facilities if their care needs change, due to the greater range of support available on the one site.

The impressive building was made watertight in the summer and the recent removal of the scaffolding that was surrounding it has now fully revealed it to town residents for the first time.

Chief executive of Coverage Care Services, David Coull, said: “You could call New Fairholme an exemplar for the next generation of care homes. It has been designed with the changing landscape for care needs in mind. It will allow us to provide Oswestry residents with the very best services when they need them, as well as creating jobs in the town and economically supporting the community it is part of.

“As a not-for-profit organisation we exist to provide a full range of services for older people and this is an investment in Shropshire that we are very pleased to be able to make.”

Around 40 residents from the existing Fairholme will transfer to the new site when it opens.

Coverage Care Services operates 16 care centres in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, employing around 900 staff who provide a variety of professional care services to more than 1,300 mainly older people. The company’s headquarters are on Shrewsbury’s Oxon Business Park.

Source: BDaily – Building News Network

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