Middleton Hall has appointed its own Construction Manager to oversee the next important stage of its development.
The arrival of Graeme Bell at the retirement village, situated in 25 acres on the outskirts of Middleton St George between Yarm and Darlington, means work can now begin in earnest on the £9 million expansion scheme.
Granted planning permission towards the end of 2011, this ambitious scheme includes the creation of 35 independent living, zero carbon bungalows, a new small group living care community, cafe, bar and shop.
Work starts in July on Phase One of the main development which consists of the first six properties as well as the infrastructure works for the whole area, formation of a wetland zone and ponds and the majority of the soft landscape areas. The first properties will be available in early summer 2013.
Graeme, who has 35 years experience of working in the construction industry including the private housing, local authority, housing association and healthcare sectors, says he is keen to get things underway.
“One of the things that excited me most about this job was the fact that I would be involved with a team that is going to design and build one of the first carbon neutral developments in the region with a high specification set in beautiful surroundings.
“The biggest challenge is to make sure that it is built to the exacting standards needed for such a ground breaking development.
Graeme, who will be overseeing this and the rest of the five-year plan, is no stranger to Middleton Hall, having previously worked on site with Clarion Homes when they built the complex’s original independent living apartments five years ago.