A 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.

The existing Derwent Street façade will be kept with the new library housed in the oldest factory featuring a design showcasing the original architecture of the structure.

This project is by and large a new build but will feature elements of façade retention and refurbishment evident.

Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis and Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby have both visited the site for a tour to mark the start of work on site.

“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

Innovative design

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.

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

“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

Walking the walk

As well as the development of the new care home and library, the Robertson team will also create a pedestrian walkway.

This will link the new site to town centre shops in Belper as part of the overall £12m development being constructed by Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands.

Minimal disruption

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 July 2019.

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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