Maison St. B. Phase1 complete
by Jeff Hathaway
PHASE One of the Maison St. Brelade Care Home new-build and refurbishment programme is now complete.
The new wing with its 19 en-suite rooms, reception area offices and medical facility has been completed on time and on budget by contractors Hacquoil & Cook. Phase One also included two small extensions to existing wings which will facilitate the refurbishment programme in Phase Two, allowing for the least disruption.
Head of Home Pearl Thébault told La Baguette: "We are all absolutely delighted, especially our residents and particularly those who have already moved-in to their new rooms"
Each of the wings follow themes established by the photographic competition 'Picture This..Jersey!'. The themes are 'Landscape', 'Seascape', 'Beach' and 'Heritage'.
The new wing reflects the 'Heritage' theme with complimenting room decor, following through to a new bright and airy residents lounge and outside terrace.
Once the project is fully completed it is hoped to hold an exhibition of the 500+ entries into the photographic competition - and thereafter each picture being hung in the respective themed wing.
"Maison St. Brelade is a true home for our residents. We are both proud and delighted at what has been achieved. We are very confident that the end result will prove equally stunning for both residents and visitors alike. In the new wing alone we have been able to create a wonderfully modern yet very â€˜familiarâ€™ environment that is already a hit with our residents." Said Pearl.
The plans for the project were approved last year with the contractors moving onto site during the autumn. The mild and dry winter weather has allowed the project to move forward apace.
Much of what remains to do is now 'outside' and includes completing the car parking area and the landscaping. Phase Two is largely internal and will involve 'wing-by-wing' refurbishment of the existing rooms.
Pearl explained: "We have needed to do the work in phases to ensure least disruption to our residents. They are always our first priority. Many have been fascinated by the work that has been going on around any overjoyed to see the results of the new wing as an indication too of a 'shape of things to come' in Phase Two. The project is expected to be fully completed by late 2013."