WORK has started on a new £4.5m pioneering care facility which is expected to create 150 new jobs.
Mariner Care is behind the “prestigious” facility in the Burbank area of Hartlepool, which bosses say will provide a vital boost to the town.
The firm initially expects to recruit 67 new employees and that number is expected to rise to 150 once the project is up and running.
The scheme, on former Hartlepool Borough Council land, will see Robertson Construction Group create high-quality, purpose-built accommodation that will house 12 vulnerable adults and provide them with round-the-clock care.
Mariner Care will operate the bungalows from the site of the former Bridge Youth Centre, in Burbank Street.
The next phase will create another three properties, providing for another 12 people.
Mariner Care’s chief executive Chris Pooley said: “Not only will this development be good for the people who need our care, it will also contribute to the regeneration of the town by creating vital new job opportunities for local people.
“With the development that we are to build, we will be setting the industry standards and not just following them.”
Two of the properties will have four bedrooms, while the others will have two.
Those in the homes will be cared for 24 hours a day, as the staff help them overcome a range of challenging behaviour and learning disabilities.
Mr Pooley went on to say that the homes will provide a level of care that was not currently offered anywhere in the town.
Coun Robbie Payne, chairman of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “It is great that Mariner Care is bringing a development of this quality to Hartlepool and especially in the Burbank area.
“It is set to be pioneering in terms of the quality of the accommodation and the level of care.”
Regional managing director for Robertson Construction, Andy McLeod, said: “This will bring an unrivalled quality of care to Hartlepool.
“It is a prestigious project and one we are proud to be a part of.
“Robertson has a strong track record of delivering vital care facilities in the North-East, and we’re looking forward to working with Mariner Care and Hartlepool council.”
Mariner Care intends to work closely with colleges in the town, to provide young people with employment opportunities.
Employees at the bungalows will be given full training and will complete qualifications before starting work.
Mariner Care is hosting a jobs fair at the centre of independent living in Havelock Avenue on September 19 and 20, from 10am-6pm.
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