New care village plan for iconic building

Elderly care village to be built on site of Terry's Chocolate HQ in York

The iconic Terry’s Chocolate head office building in York is to be transformed into a state-of-the-art care village for the elderly.

Springfield Healthcare Group has secured £2.2m from BGF to continue the rollout of its innovative care village model. which has already seen the opening of the award-winning Seacroft Grange Care Village in East Leeds.

The £7m York development will see the iconic listed building restored, retaining its unique structure and features while creating a ground-breaking care facility.

The village will provide 82 care suites and eight luxury apartments and is part of a larger development being undertaken in conjunction with Henry Boot Developments.

The centrepiece for the village will be the restored glass atrium, which will feature an internal market square with cafes, street lighting, outdoor dining, shops, and other facilities.

Due to open in January 2017, plans for the work will shortly be submitted to City of York Council.

Advisors to the project include Ward Hadaway Solicitors, Park Place Corporate Finance, Williams Property Consultants, Sagars Accountants and Squire Patton Boggs. The lead architect is Archial Norr and Turner Townsend Cost Management will project manage the development programme on behalf of Springfield.

Graeme Lee, chief executive of Springfield, said: “We are delighted to be bringing this beautiful building back to life. Its location in the heart of the York community will offer leading elderly care for residents in a thriving local community.”

The scheme has also been welcomed by health and social care partners. Guy Van Dichele, interim director of adult social care at City of York Council, said: “Our aim is to ensure that older people in York have access to a wide variety of high-quality care and support options to meet their different, and changing, needs. Quality dementia care and support is an essential strand of our ambition to make York a dementia-friendly city.”

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