Wellington Grange, our first Sussex home, will be available for viewing from early February 2016.
The 72-bed building, with an interior design reflecting local ‘Chichester attributes’, is due to begin welcoming residents in April.
Community healthcare professionals and members of the public will be able to see inside on two dedicated open days during the same month.
We anticipate occupancy rising with up to three new residents a week once the doors are open.
As the final touches of construction work are put in place, the focus will increasingly move from the architecturally impressive exterior to the interior fit-out and design features.
Georgina Colwell, Head of Design, has been busy with the intensive ordering of furniture, fabrics, carpets, lighting and other features.
Georgina said: “We are working on the ‘dressing’ of the home, with hundreds of pictures, flowers, lamps and ornaments that complete the design and transform the building into a home.”
Ideas for the design were informed by a survey of local residents on how best to reflect attributes of Chichester.
“This gave us some great quotes to work to for creating the feel of the home,” explained Georgina. “We have given each of those rooms a very clear identity, to produce a vibrant and stimulating interior.”
As well as providing much needed residential and nursing care in Chichester, Wellington Grange will create around 100 jobs for nurses, carers and other staff. For more information on recruitment, please visit https://www.coltencare.co.uk/careers/recruitment-campaign.
Timeline of works
January 2012 – we reach agreement to develop land at the former Roussillon Barracks in Chichester
January 2013 – we receive formal planning permission for a new care home on the site
Summer 2014 – construction begins following site clearance and groundworks
March 2015 – the name Wellington Grange is chosen
Autumn 2015 – following main construction, interior design work and fit-out begins
Winter 2015 – recruitment campaign launched and first staff appointments confirmed
February 2016 – home available for viewing
April 2016 – first residents arrive; open days for community healthcare professionals and general public