Work on a new nursing home specialising in end of life care will begin in Sutton Coldfield in the new year.
Birmingham City Council planners have given approval for the 34-bed home which will be built on a derelict site on the edge of Sutton Park.
The facility is being built next to the existing Wyndley Grange nursing home in Somerville Road by care company Homecroft Ltd.
The home will create 31 new jobs. Homecroft will work with Birmingham City Council’s Employment Access Team (EAT) and Sutton College to fill some of the posts. The college will provide training and care apprenticeships and NVQ qualifications for young people unable to find employment.
Homecroft director Nick Murch said: “This 34-bed home fulfils an urgent need for palliative and end-of-life specialist care in the area, while at the same time providing a first class environment for the residents.
It will have modern, well-equipped single en-suite bedrooms and is in a wonderful position overlooking Sutton Park and Wyndley Pool.
“Construction will be sensitive to the area and in keeping with surrounding buildings including our existing Wyndley Grange nursing home close by. That building goes back to 1872 and has been extensively restored, while maintaining its period architectural appearance.
“During the planning process we have worked closely with Birmingham City Council’s homes and neighbourhood directorate and conservation experts to ensure the best possible appearance for the new building.”
Mr Murch continued: “We are a local family company with many years’ experience in providing care for the elderly, and we intend to make sure that new the new home is a facility that the community can be proud of.”
Construction will begin in January and the home will be energy efficient ensuring high environmental performance.
The gardens will be re-designed allowing wheelchair and mobility access, emphasising the natural views of Sutton Park and Wyndley Lake.