Pendine Park has £15m plans for Wrexham sites
March 26, 2019
Wrexham-based Pendine Park plans to build a £15m dementia centre of excellence and redevelop another site in the town in North Wales.
The design of dementia centre at Pendine Park’s will be based on the company’s Bryn Seiont Newydd home in Caernarfon which was named as the best new care home of its kind in the UK after it opened in 2016. The company’s Hillbury care home in Wrexham will also be redeveloped. An outline planning application has been submitted to Wrexham County Borough Council for the new dementia facility.
The new home would provide accommodation for up to 50 residents and would include treatment rooms, lounges, kitchens, washing and storage facilities.
The site is currently designated as Green Wedge land in the council’s Local Development Plan but Pendine Park maintain it is should be seen as part of their operational business and not open countryside. The single storey property would be built on what is currently waste ground.
“If we were to be successful in that we would wish to move forward very quickly with detailed plans,” said Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft.
“We would hope that by the end of 2020 we would be able to create significant extra capacity in Wrexham and probably a further 150 jobs while at the same time sustaining the 800 jobs we currently have between Wrexham and Caernarfon.
“Our aim is to create greater capacity, but at the same time improve services, develop new services as well as sustaining existing services, particularly in some of our old buildings which really need to be reconfigured.“
Mr Kreft said the developments were in response to the huge need for more specialist care because of the soaring number of people aged 85 and over which is due to double over the next two decades.
“Because we’ve already been working in the town for more than 30 years, we have grown organically to meet the needs of the community, and we’ve identified that there is going to be still further need within our community here in Wrexham over the next 10 to 20 years,” he said.
“That very much chimes with the demographic projections and particularly those people with dementia, with conditions that make it highly unlikely that they could sustainably remain at home without the most intense sort of family and community support package. The Census projection figures to 2035 indicate a 119 per cent increase in the elderly population in the area over the next 18 years and confirms the largest growth will be in the 80 plus age bracket.”
Mr Kreft said he wanted to reconfigure the Hillbury care home along the lines of best practice for the future and having extra capacity would enable the company to redevelop in a sympathetic, staged way, maintaining services while this was happening.
“We have to make Pendine sustainable in the long term, and that requires that we continue to develop our services for which there is a very significant community demand,” he said.
“We’re responding to need. If you look at all of the trends all of the figures all of the census, it’s showing what everyone now understands to be an ageing society.”