CIVIC dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley attended a “ground breaking” ceremony to mark the beginning of work on a new £7.1m unit at Calderstones.
The new 33,000ft single storey building will provide a top class therapeutic environment for 32 service users with learning disabilities.
Offering four flats for eight people in a low secure setting together with day services, psychology facilities and a secure garden area, Maplewood 2 replaces outdated Chestnut Drive accommodation which will be vacated when the new building opens next summer.
An “A” rated building for energy use, using combined heat and power low carbon technology, very low energy use will be achieved thanks to insulation throughout the building and solar panels on the roof. Energy generated by the solar panels will feed through to ground source heat pump which will multiply by four every 1kw of electricity generated by the panels.
Maplewood 2 is also on track to achieve an Excellent rating using the highly valued Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) which sets the standards for best practice in sustainable design and is the measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.
Vice chairman John Cowdall said: “Calderstones is investing in top class accommodation for service users, demonstrating commitment and confidence in our long term future as a provider of sought after services for people with learning disabilities. As well as preserving staff jobs at Calderstones, we are supporting the local economy through our main contractors, the well-respected John Turner Construction Group who have been awarded the £5.5m construction contract.”
John Turner Construction Group, are a local North West company with an office in Preston.
Other companies providing professional services for the project and local to the North West are Condy Lofthouse Associates, Architects; Howard Grady Associates, Quantity Surveyors; Capita Symonds, Project Management, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers and Structural Engineers.
The new building will be 100% compliant with the latest specification for low secure accommodation set by the North West Secure Commissioners of learning disability services and will take 52 weeks to complete.