Following the purchase of Stanley Grange in 2015, the SGCA created a Refurbishment, Modernisation and Renewal Programme to address the lack of investment, in the site that had occurred over the previous decade.
Each phase is started when enough funds have been raised and the total projected investment in this programme amounts to £2.3m. Phase 1 was completed in June 2016.
Phase 1 focused on converting offices and activity workshops into self-contained flats for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, who were leaving a long-term hospital environment. This new accommodation was called Oakview.
In preparing to close the site former owners Hft had moved many residents out of Stanley Grange which left it site financially unviable so the addition of this accommodation with nursing care provision created long term financial security for Stanley Grange.
Led by Eric Wright Group-Special Projects Team Phase 1 converted the existing buildings into a high dependency unit with six one-bedroom flats, a staff bedroom and meeting room. Further work also comprising of M&E, including boiler upgrades, joinery, plastering, decoration, flooring, new UPVC windows and doors.
After a period of uncertainty, the family of one resident who moved in shared, ‘they already feel at home, and have settled in nicely.’
The Stanley Grange Community Association would like to thank the Collinge Family who led the Design for Life Fundraising campaign, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust and The Sylvia Waddilove Trust who made this phase possible.