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Central Bedfordshire Council appoints Farrans to build £13m care home

Farrans has been awarded a build contract for a £13m purpose-built care home by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Hockliffe will be a 63-bedroom development built on the site of a former police station in Leighton Buzzard.

Designed by architects Concertus, the building will be constructed to the highest sustainable standards using Passivhaus criteria to deliver a super energy efficient building.

Work on the site is due to start in October with the home due to complete in autumn 2022.

The home will have ample leisure spaces both inside and out and a range of features including ensuite bedrooms, wider corridors, specialist bathing facilities, hairdresser and on-site catering.

“After a robust tender process Farrans were awarded the contract based on best value, quality and their strong track record and expertise in delivering construction projects on time and to budget,” said Central Bedfordshire Council director of adult social care, health and housing Julie Ogley.

“The council currently relies on the private sector market to provide most of the bed-based care for older people. The new homes we plan to build will guarantee we can access good quality, affordable care for our residents in the future,” she added.

Farrans regional director Cathal Montague said: “This is a very important region for our business, and we want to build long-term, successful relationships by delivering high-quality, sustainable projects which meet the needs of our clients and our end users.

“We are committed to a low carbon footprint and working alongside local stakeholders to bring added social value to the area through apprenticeships and local procurement.”

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