A dementia-friendly care home for the future

The new care home and library is to be built on the former Thornton’s factory site in Derwent Street. This will replace the existing Ada Belfield Home for Older People in Field Land due to no longer meeting modern requirements.

Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library will accommodate residents from the existing home, with existing residents offered a place in the new facility.

This project is, by and large, a new build, with some elements of restoration and refurbishment. The existing Derwent Street facade will be kept, with the new library housed in the oldest part of the factory, featuring a design that showcases the original architecture of the structure.

Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis and Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby have both visited the site for a tour.

Being on site brought back loads of memories of working at Thornton’s factory as a teenager. I’m delighted we have been able to retain the history of the site while creating a modern building offering the latest technology and all the services people expect in their library.

– Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council

Design innovation to improve performance

To provide a more commercially-efficient solution for Derbyshire County Council, Robertson amended the structural solution from the steel frame to a masonry structure during the pre-construction phase of the project.

This solution provides robust detailing to satisfy the sound insulation requirements of the Building Regulations.

This new building will be a wonderful addition to the town and will provide high-quality care in modern surroundings.

Councillor Jean Wharmby, Derbyshire County Council

As well as the development of the new care home and library, the Robertson team will also create a pedestrian walkway, which will link the new site to town centre shops in Belper.

Minimal disruption during construction

To prevent significant disruption to highways, the Robertson team also redesigned the drainage system. This revised design avoided connecting into the highway and minimised disruption for local people and passing traffic.

Buildings around the new care hub will also remain in operation, with traffic management plans also accounting for local road restrictions and the local people.

Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library is currently scheduled for completion in January 2020.

Left to right: Gary Cooper, Project manager; Paul Turner, Managing Director of Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands; Councillor Barry Lewis; Councillor Jean Wharmby, both of Derbyshire County Council.


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