Construction milestone for Buxton’s new £9.1m care development

Pictured from left: High Peak borough councillor Julie McCabe; Nathan Brough, Regional Director at Keepmoat Regeneration; Derbyshire county councillor Jean Wharmby; and Donna Holmes, Head of Extra Care at Housing & Care 21.
Pictured from left: High Peak borough councillor Julie McCabe; Nathan Brough, Regional Director at Keepmoat Regeneration; Derbyshire county councillor Jean Wharmby; and Donna Holmes, Head of Extra Care at Housing & Care 21.

Construction of a £9.1m care development for older people in Buxton has reached an important milestone - less than a year before it opens its doors.

A ‘topping out’ celebration was held at the site of the new extra care complex on Brown Edge Road to celebrate reaching the highest point of the build and the placing of one of the last roof tiles.

The Thomas Fields development, which received a £1m contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency, will be made up of 53 two-bedroom extra care apartments and a 20-place specialist residential care centre, as well as communal facilities including a restaurant, hair salon and health suite.

Nathan Brough, regional director at Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone in providing much-needed, high quality housing for Buxton’s older generation.”

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, commented: “It’s always exciting to see a new extra care development reach an important milestone, meaning we are ever closer to welcoming residents to Thomas Fields.

“As an extra care scheme, Thomas Fields will offer older people independent living in their own apartments, with care and support based on site for when it’s needed.”

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult care, Coun Jean Wharmby, added: “As people get older, living alone while staying independent can sometimes become an issue. Our extra care housing developments offer flexible care that’s tailored to their needs.

“We’re very excited about Thomas Fields and feel it will be an excellent addition to the community, providing lots of opportunities for local people.”

Thomas Fields is the county council’s ninth extra care facility and is due to open in summer 2018.