NORTH Tyneside Council have given the green light of approval to new £4million specialist care facility in Backworth.
Located west of Briardene Way, the specialist facility will consist of three buildings; the main two-storey facility made up of 28 apartments, as well as four adapted bungalows for those requiring around-the-clock care.
Unlike standard residential care homes, this facility is specifically designed to cater to the resident’s needs. Two bungalows are focused towards high dependency, while the larger building focuses on dementia and early onset dementia.
Shadbolt Architectural have been working alongside dementia experts to integrate specialist features into the design such as a sensory garden and other adapted facilities.
Lee Butler, director at Shadbolt Group, said: “We are privileged to be involved in another care development within the North East.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Northumberland Estates and look forward to working with them again on this project and creating a vital care facility for the local community.”
Residents within the bungalows will have access to 24-hour care, as well as specially equipped rooms with safety features such as heated flooring in place of radiators and rounded edge furniture to prevent harm coming to patients.
Council planners back the scheme as it provides additional care within the community.
Lee continues: “This project is very similar to The Ropery care facility in Gateshead, which won an award for best new social housing development. We hope this development will be just as successful.”