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Large-scale care home at Tricorn House, Stroud looks set to start this spring

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The developers behind proposals for a large-scale care home at Tricorn House, Stroud have this week announced that their plans to commence development in the spring are still on target.   The proposals will see a specialist disability and mental health care home created, as part of a highly-sustainable modernisation and change of use of the existing building.   Planning permission was granted for the project in 2010.

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Tricorn House, which was built in 1972 as offices for the then Department of Health and Social Security, has been vacant for the past decade.   The building is a rare architectural example of brutalist architecture, and was built at a time when poured concrete was the preferred material for the construction of new buildings.

Keith Coghill from Summerfield Medical Ltd has reassured officers at the Council that will should start this spring.

Summerfield has previously stated it intended the care home would be completed and open this month. Mr Coghill said: “Things have been happening behind the scenes.

“There have been one or two stumbling blocks but these have started to move.

“We have invested a lot of money and time into this. I know people are wondering what we are doing.”

Tricorn House, which is owned by Wellfair Holdings, has been empty for 14 years.  It became a target for vandals until workmen moved on to the site to make it secure last March.

Stroud District Council had attempted to get rid of the building once and for all by issuing Wellfair with a compulsory purchase order in 2008. It then intended to sell the site to green electricity firm Ecotricity which wanted to build a new HQ there. But Wellfair appealed against the CPO and won in March 2010.

Source: Stroud Life

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