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Work Starts 7M Care Home Project

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Work has begun on a £7 million new residential and community care centre in Staveley, Derbyshire, with a ceremonial turf-cutting ceremony by council leaders.

Derbyshire County Council leader, Cllr John Williams, was joined by fellow councillor Dave Allen and Neil Marshall from Miller Construction to cut the first sod on site in the Middlecroft area of the town.

Over the course of the next 65 weeks, Miller Construction will create a two-storey residential home, complete with a single-storey day centre.

Once complete, the centre will act as a focal point for delivering a wide range of services to older people in Staveley, ranging from long-term residential care to day services including support, care and information.

As a result, it is hoped that the centre will be able to prevent unnecessary stays in hospital while also providing rehabilitation and respite care for those returning from hospital.

Neil Marshall, operations manager with Miller Construction, said: "This will be the third such residential home we have delivered for Derbyshire County Council following similar projects in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Castle Gresley, and in each case the centres are a crucial part of delivering adult services in Derbyshire.

"In Staveley, the combination of residential and day care facilities will play a key role in allowing the council to extend care, support and choice in the community, helping people to live independently in their own homes.

"Because of these specialist facilities, it was even more important that the council had a contractor with our skills and expertise to deliver such a project successfully."

Councillor Dave Allen, the council's cabinet member for adult social services, added: "One of our top priorities is to provide excellent quality care for older people across Derbyshire and the new centre sums up that pledge.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the centre open its doors and develop as a hub for older people's services, supporting them to live at home yet catering for the most complex needs at the same time."



Notes to editors:

Miller Construction is part of the Miller Group - the UK's largest privately-owned housebuilding, property development and construction businesses. For more information visit http://www.construction.miller.co.uk