Specialist care home expansion in Doddington is back on track after previous builders stopped trading

Builders Back On Site At Askham Village Community, Doddington.

Builders Back On Site At Askham Village Community, Doddington. - Credit: Archant

A new construction firm has taken over the £6 million expansion project at a specialist care home in Doddington after the previous builders stopped trading.

Builders Back On Site At Askham Village Community, Doddington.

Builders Back On Site At Askham Village Community, Doddington. - Credit: Archant

Askham House owners say the work is on schedule for phased completion in November 2016 and June 2017 so that 30 extra people can live there.

The expansion, named Sunflower, is back on track following an unexpected four month break when the original developer ceased to trade.

It will add significant new facilities with two new buildings as well as a major renovation to the original place which has been a care home since 1988.

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, operations director at Askham, said: “We thank everyone for their support and patience over recent months. We are looking forward to extending our care and rehab services to improve the quality of life of more individuals and families.”


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Askham Village Community has a specialist dementia unit and a neurological rehabilitation unit for people with a brain or spinal injury.

It also provides long term care for people with physical disabilities.

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The new construction firm at Askham is Messenger, based at Tinwell near Stamford, and was awarded the Sunflower contract after a competitive tender process.

Messenger has already begun work on the partially completed Askham Centre, a two-storey staff resources building, complete with a six-bed staff apartment.

It is also making progress on Askham Grove, the second two-storey building which had been started but not finished.

When complete Askham Grove will be home to 24 residents with neurological conditions.

Facilities will provide ongoing support as well as fixed term rehabilitation programmes after which residents may move into one of four independent step down apartments prior to living in the community.

Askham Grove and Askham Centre are due for completion in November 2016.

The second phase of Project Sunflower involves the reconstruction and refurbishment of Askham House, which has been a care home since 1988.

Messenger will be seeking to preserve the externals of the existing House but make the internals more fit for purpose and comfortable.

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