Care home is on the way to be a Calderdale landmark

Shaping-up: The new care home in Gibbet Street
Shaping-up: The new care home in Gibbet Street

THE finishing touches are being put to what will soon become the biggest single care home in Calderdale.

With 105 bedrooms, it will be nearly twice the size of most existing homes and create up to 75 jobs.

Summerfield Eden Care Ltd, of County Durham, is building the property between Thrum Hall Close and Newstead Terrace, in Gibbet Street, Halifax.

It is due to open in the autumn.

The site was occupied for many years by the former Kwik Save supermarket which was pulled down two years ago.

According to Summerfield, the intention is to provide a landmark building which is “aesthetically dynamic.”

All the bedrooms with be singles with en-suite bathrooms and they will be clustered in groups of eight or 10 with a shared lounge and dining space.

“Opportunities will be provided for larger group activities as well as personal care, such as hairdressing and chiropody.

“Outside, there will be a range of patios and extensive landscaped areas, 24 general car parking spaces and three bays for disabled drivers.”

The developers say they have carried out extensive demographic research and are confident the home will meet the needs of older members of the community.

“They fully recognise the diversity of cultural, religious and individual abilities of the surrounding community and are active in ensuring that any potential sources of discrimination are addressed in the physical character of the scheme,” according to the firm’s architect, John Waugh.