Work’s have restarted on the £21m dementia care village in Chester, following our appointment by Belong after a competitive tender to take over the unfinished project after the collapse of Pochin’s.
Cheshire contractor Pochin’s originally began work on the City Road development in 2018, before going into administration in August.
Utilising an established relationship with the successful delivery of the Belong care village in Wigan, which opened in 2009. The new facility will provide accommodation and specialist dementia and nursing support for more than 100 people.
There is 24-hour support across six extended family-sized households. The village also includes 23 independent living apartments, which were available to buy or rent.
Designed by Altrincham-based Pozzoni Architecture, the village hub building has a range of facilities, including a bistro, hair salon, exercise studio and function rooms.
Take over of the works commenced after the steel frame structure and partial internal works had been completed. Before Seddon continued, the quality of the previous works had to be evaluated and risk management agreed and mitigated.
After thorough surveys and review, it became apparent that some of the internal works such as wall fixings had to be redone to meet high-quality standards which added to the original programme and added additional cost which our team shared in an open manner with Belong.
Working in collaboration with the existing Project Manager from Pochin who had an established and effective working relationship with Belong, our delivery team supported efficient project deliverables whilst implementing high-quality standards.
Another challenge of the scheme was that it was located on Queen’s Avenue near to the Shropshire Union Main Line Canal. Works involve the landscaping of surrounding areas, including the canal-side conservation area, for local residents.