St Ewold’s was opened on 31st October 1994 and requires updating in order for the Parish to continue to provide parishioners with high quality, future-proofed facilities, and to maintain the Parish’s reputation for providing care facilities as good as if not better than in the private sector. The proposed refurbishment will, in particular, focus on replacing the external render on the building, increasing and reconfiguring the community spaces on each floor, installing a sprinkler system, and providing an en suite shower in each of the bedrooms, which currently only have an en suite toilet. The external areas will also be improved with new planting and landscaping. The work will be carried out in such a way as to avoid inconveniencing the residents and staff at the Home.
Avranches Day Nursery, which occupied part of the ground floor of St Ewold’s, closed at the end of August 2017 due to increasing financial losses and the fact that with less than half of its clients coming from the Parish of St Helier it was not acceptable to ask ratepayers to subsidise these losses. The Parish moved ahead quickly to explore how the vacated space could be reconfigured to provide 20 additional nursing or dementia care bedrooms for St Ewold’s and, following a competitive tender process, a design team was appointed to oversee this stage of the Care Strategy.
The recent closure of St Helier House due to the defects discovered last year following the Grenfell fire tragedy makes the proposed investment in St Ewold’s all the more important so that the Parish can maintain its commitment to providing first-class residential and nursing care facilities for parishioners. The future of St Helier House will be consulted upon before proposals are put to a Parish Assembly later this year.
The Project Team appreciates that the Parish must continue to provide quality care throughout the project.
The Parish will seek Parish Assembly approval for expenditure of £8.3 million for the refurbishment on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 7pm.
A public display of the proposals will be in place from Monday 19th February to Wednesday 28th February, both at the Town Hall and at St Ewold’s.
For more information please contact Silvio Alves, Director of Technical & Environmental Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 811849.