Work has begun on a new £13m intergenerational scheme on the site of the former Bowdon Hotel.
The development, located on the corner of Langham Road and Marlborough Road in Bowdon, will feature a purpose-built 51-bed care home and children’s day nursery with approximately 90 places.
Prior to breaking ground, McGoff Construction has in recent weeks been preparing the land for build and overseeing the demolition of much of the hotel. The project was given the green light in January 2023.
Two historic buildings have been retained, the 1871 Hydro building and Hawthorn Lea villas, which will be incorporated into the development.
A joint venture with Patrick Properties, it is the second such development for the McGoff Group in Cheshire, after the completion of a £15m scheme in Lymm last year.
When complete, the development will create more than 100 new roles at the care home and approximately 30 at the nursery.
Dean Johnston, group managing director for McGoff Construction Services, said: “We’re delighted to officially get started on site in Bowdon, transforming the derelict hotel site into much needed care facilities for some of the oldest and youngest member of our local community.
"Following the success of our flagship first intergeneration scheme in Lymm, we have seen first-hand the incredible impact this kind of setting can provide for the local community and are very much looking forward to delivering this in Bowdon.”
The care home, to be operated by award-winning care home provider New Care, will include 51 bedrooms, each with its own private wet room, communal lounges and dining rooms, plus a nail bar, hair salon and landscaped gardens.
The nursery will be operated by Back to the Garden, McGoff Group’s day nursery concept which focuses on child-led natural learning through activity and play.
Practical completion for the nursery is due in April 2025 with the care home following in May 2025.
Puma Property Finance has provided a £13m funding facility for the development with financial advice provided by Alantra.
The Hawthorn Lea villas will be repurposed as four two-bed and two three-bed apartments, and the site will also include a green space, six townhouses and 63 car parking spaces.