A MULTI-MILLION pound specialist care development for vulnerable adults will create 41 new jobs in Hartlepool when it opens next week.
Burbank Mews off Burbank Street - a development of four high-quality, purpose-built bungalows - is being run by Mariner Care.
It will be officially opened next Tuesday by Hartlepool Borough Council chief executive Dave Stubbs and Councillor Robbie Payne, the chairman of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee and a local ward councillor
The bungalows have been built on the former council-owned Bridge Youth Centre site.
The properties - two of which have four bedrooms and the others two bedrooms – will provide 24-hour care to 12 vulnerable adults with a range of challenging behaviour and learning disabilities.
They have been built for Mariner Care by the Robertson Construction Group and represent the first phase of an investment that is eventually expected to total more than £4.5 million.
Mariner Care chief executive Chris Pooley said: “We are setting industry standards, not just following them, with this development.
“The bungalows are designed to the highest possible standards and tailored to the specific needs of the service users that will soon be living in them.”
He said the development would provide a level of care that is not currently available in the town, meaning that some people would no longer have to be sent elsewhere to receive the care they required – in line with a recently-published Government White Paper.
And he added: “Not only is this development good news for people that need our care, it is also contributing to the regeneration of the town by creating vital new job opportunities.”
Around 300 people applied for jobs with the company. The first 20 new employees have started a four-week training induction course and another 21people will start work in January. Around 90% of the new recruits are from Hartlepool and 12 were previously unemployed.
“Further jobs are expected to be created once a second phase of development – involving a further three properties for another 12 service users - is completed.
Mr Pooley said the company was committed to providing high-quality employment opportunities, as reflected by its adoption of the Hartlepool Living Wage.
Coun Payne said: “It is great news that a significant number of good quality jobs are being created for local people, some of whom were previously unemployed.
“I am also grateful to Mariner Care for the faith its has shown in Hartlepool and its residents in bringing such a high-quality development to the town.
“It is set to be pioneering in terms of the quality of the accommodation and the level of care that will be provided.”