Robertson safely completes Derbyshire dementia care home despite COVID-19 pandemic


Care home will provide beds for dementia sufferers recuperating from COVID-19

Robertson has announced the completion of a new dementia care home in Derbyshire, delivered despite the arrival of coronavirus to the UK.

Construction of the facility, to be known as the Belper Integrated Scheme, continued amid strict social distancing measures and in line with Public Health England guidelines issued to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Now complete, the new facility comprises 40 dementia-friendly residential bedrooms with associated ancillary spaces, a domestic lounge and dining area, private support spaces, and a public library.

The care centre, which is part of a £10m development, is currently being prepared for use by Derbyshire County Council to exclusively accept patients who have recently been discharged from hospital and need to recuperate in isolation after suffering from COVID-19, but are not yet ready to return home.

Situated in Belper town centre, the scheme, designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and saw Robertson draft in a crew of expert trades people, all highly skilled in the restoration of historic landmarks to retain and refurbish original facades, bringing the site back to its former glory.

Elliot Robertson, chief executive of Robertson, said: “By implementing new safe working regulations, we were able to ensure project completion and we are sure that the residents who are due to move in will enjoy the new facility.”

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