Construction has commenced on Nottinghamshire County Council’s state-of-the-art day service in Newark, led by regional contractor G F Tomlinson. The new building will provide multi use activity spaces for music, exercise and dance, arts and crafts, beauty therapy and physio sessions for adults with disabilities and older people.
Works began on the site in London Road, in Balderton, Newark, this month and will see a fresh and modern enhanced day service constructed on the site of the former Grove Leisure Centre.
The new building will sit alongside Newark Orchard School, which is currently under construction. Together, the developments will transform and regenerate the vast area of disused land, bringing new and exciting educational and day care services to the region.
Appointed via the Scape Regional Construction framework, G F Tomlinson are working in partnership with both Nottinghamshire County Council and Arc Partnership to deliver the contemporary facility with works expected to complete in spring 2020.
The existing Newark Day Service was temporarily relocated from London Road earlier this year to a newly refurbished facility based at Woods Court, in Walker Close, for the duration of the project.
Refurbishment of the temporary location was undertaken by G F Tomlinson prior to works beginning on the London Road site; ensuring the facilities were suitably adapted and adequate for staff and service users.
The new Newark Day Service will feature an array of modern activity rooms for sessions in music, dance, exercise, beauty therapy, physio and arts and crafts, as well as a cafe and central courtyard feature.
The exterior will also be given a new lease of life, with soft wet pour surfacing as well as raised planters and polytunnels for any green-fingered enthusiasts to maintain and enjoy.
Craig Stopper, construction framework manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “We are proud to be working on such a collaborative and beneficial project in Newark, that will bring new and rejuvenated facilities for older people and adults with disabilities in the region.
“Once again we are pleased to be working with the Arc Partnership and Nottinghamshire County Council on the project to build upon our existing relationship and deliver another positive development to the county. We look forward to the completion of the project and bringing a former vacant piece of land back to life and more importantly helping to improve services for local people.”
Councillor Tony Harper, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Our day services offer people with social care needs the chance to try out new activities, exercise and enjoy time with friends. They also provide that important break for carers.
“I am proud that we are investing in these wonderful new facilities for Newark people and I’m also delighted that our service users and staff have been able to influence the design. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the end result next year.”
Daniel Maher, managing director at Arc Partnership said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with G F Tomlinson as one of our local supply chain partners, to deliver this important project for Nottinghamshire County Council.”