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Mansfield Care embarks on £10m intergenerational care facility

Scottish care home operator Mansfield Care is to invest up to £10m with the launch of its 60-bed Haddington facility in East Lothian - its biggest project to date.

The new Haddington care home will also be combined with a nursery catering for up to 60 children aged five and below.

The building – set for completion in March 2023 – will be the first fully compliant care home for older people in East Lothian to meet the Care Inspectorate’s vision for the future design of care homes.

“We have been diligent in our planning to provide the best possible care facilities that are in line with current and emerging guidelines around small-scale living,” said Mansfield Care founder Andrew Hume.

“It is our largest undertaking to date and will be our first purpose-built-from-scratch care home. It presents an exciting opportunity for us, and importantly will provide the people who require this service in Haddington and in the surrounding area,” he added.

Following the company’s traditions of investing in small, friendly residential care homes, the facility will be split into six separate 10 bedroom wings to ensure residents receive bespoke and quality care.

The bedrooms have a floor space of at least 16 square metres, with many being 18 square metres to 20 square metres, with each room also hosting its own ensuite wet room.

Each ten-bedroom wing will feature a day dining room and access to outdoor areas. A centralised dining area will also be situated on each of the three floors.

It will also accommodate a café, hairdressing salon and a private function space for its residents and their families.

The nursery, meanwhile, is set within a modern facility designed to meet the ever changing needs of children, parents and teachers. The one-storey nursery will be built to the south of the care home.

It will include two playrooms, changing facilities, a kitchen and office space, as well as a quiet room.

Care home construction specialist Appledorn is the main contractor and is investing in local contractors and suppliers to assist in building the development.

A substantial 1400 square-metre sustainable drainage system [SuDS] wetland will be created to encourage ecological growth on site for everyone to enjoy.

The wetland’s centre piece will consist of a 25m wide and 50m long environmentally friendly pond

SuDS is an alternative means of handling surface water ‘rainfall’ discharge.

“The SuDS wetland will also create a unique wildlife haven at the heart of the development for all to admire,” said Appledorn managing director Howard Rogers.

The twin development is likely to create up to 100 new jobs, and is estimated to provide around £2m for the local economy each year.

Mansfield Care operates 11 care homes across Edinburgh Borders and west of Scotland.

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