January 13, 2020 Property

Nursing home scheme in Weymouth set to create 50 jobs

A £4m project to extend and improve Queen Charlotte Nursing Home, near Weymouth, will create up to 50 jobs.

Plans have been approved for a scheme that will completely modernise facilities throughout the home while protecting the grade two listed character of a building which has historical links back to Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George 111.
The project will add 14 premium grade bedroom suites, provide a roof terrace offering stunning views of Dorset countryside, and reinstate an 18th century stable block as staff quarters and a training room.
The home, in Chickerell Road, Chickerell, will also benefit from a new kitchen, laundry and sensory garden; all existing communal areas will be upgraded.
Contractors will be invited to tender for the project with work scheduled to begin in the summer and be completed in 12 months.
Muj Malik, chief investment officer at national care homes group Kingsley Healthcare, which owns Queen Charlotte and two other care homes in Dorset, said: “Our teams have worked hard with planning conservation officers to ensure the scheme is sympathetic to the home’s grade two-listed character.
“The work is part of our strategy and commitment to future proof homes, ensuring residents enjoy the highest quality living environment possible.
“Last year, we completed a similar project at Highcliffe Nursing Home, near Christchurch, which has proved highly successful. This is part of our 2025 vision, to reinvest in our homes and bring the best in class care to the communities we serve.”
He said Kingsley’s commitment to quality care was reflected in the success of another of its Dorset homes, Branksome Heights, which recently won the Bournemouth Echo’s care home of the year title.
Jobs created by the project at Queen Charlotte will include support workers, hospitality managers, kitchen staff, housekeepers, activities coordinators and a learning and training manager.

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