Lancing care home ‘decommissioning’ ahead of demolition and replacement

‘Decommissioning’ has begun at a Lancing care home due to be demolished and replaced with a modern building.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 4:28 pm

Before Christmas Adur District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved an application to knock down the existing Mount Hermon Care Home and two dwellings next to it in Brighton Road and build a modern 66-bed facility in their place.

It would provide specialist residential, nursing and dementia care for people over 65.

Councillors broadly supported the plans, but asked for reassurance on parking, deliveries, the impact of construction on the busy road and sound proofing.

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Joss Loader (Ind, Marine) said: “I have actually been into Mount Hermon. The staff do a fantastic job but they do have very outdated facilities so I think this is an improvement and there is a very clear need for it.”

David Balfe (Lab, Easterbrook) added: “It’s a rationalisation and a bringing together which will improve that area.”

After the meeting, Jamie Braganza, director of Hestia Care and partner at Anavo Group, said: “Following the decision, we can confirm that we have commenced the decommissioning process to close the existing Mount Hermon Care Home.

“The current building is outdated and a partial upgrade or full refurbishment is not practical if we are to maintain a safe and quality environment for our residents. We understand that this is a difficult time for all concerned.

“We are working closely with the local authority and adult social services, and we will support residents and their families to ensure a smooth transition to their new care homes.

“We will also support staff to find alternative employment. I’d like to thank the team for their ongoing commitment, dedication and care.”

The home has been designed in partnership with Architects, Carless and Adams, alongside Anavo’s development partner, Liberty Care Developments.

Andy Baddeley, Managing Director of Liberty said: “The new home in Lancing is part of our collective mission to develop innovative care homes across the UK which will benefit older people and the local communities.”

Ed Moore, director of Hestia Care and Partner at Anavo Group, added: “The development will create additional jobs and opportunities for local suppliers, as well as providing much needed high quality care for older people in the area where there is a relative under supply of purpose built accommodation. The home will benefit from an excellent aspect with direct sea views and will incorporate innovative eco-friendly design, such as green roofs and the latest technology to support people with dementia and those requiring residential, nursing or respite care. Every home will include open, welcoming and accessible spaces as well as Covid-secure areas which will be used by people in our care, and also by the local community.”

Construction is due to start this year.