A 'topping out' ceremony took place for the first phase of this project at Heavers Farm on 20 September 2008. Croydon Councillor Margaret Mead was invited to place the last section of structural concrete at Heavers Farm residential care home for older people.
The care home is one of four facilities we have developed as part of the Caring 4 Croydon Design Team that is helping to deliver Croydon Council's visionary £38m 'Homes for the Future' programme.
The programme will transform care for older, vulnerable people in Croydon by replacing outdated buildings with modern, state of the art facilities. The four care homes will provide 150 residential and nursing places, 40 extra care flats and 128 day care places.
Rooms will be bright and airy with en-suite bathrooms and the centres will have internet links enabling residents to maintain contact with family and friends. The latest environmentally friendly power sources have been included in the project, including biomass plants, solar thermal hot water and wind turbines, together with a combined heat and power plant.
'...helping to deliver Croydon Council's visionary £38m 'Homes for the Future' programme.'
The buildings have been designed around landscaped courtyards, providing a safe external environment for residents to take part in gardening and other activities.
Heavers Farm was opened in the Autumn of 2008 and offers a 60 place residential unit of care for older people with mental health needs, a 16 place early onset dementia support unit used on a day basis and a 24 place day activities centre to support mentally frail older people living at home.
The second care home, at Coleby Court, opened during the Summer of 2009, with the final two homes - Addington Heights and Langley Oaks - opening during 2010.