What was once a cattle auction site in Ponteland has been transformed into a luxury assisted living scheme that will provide employment for up to 100 people.
Construction on the £7million development at the former auction mart in Meadowfield is almost complete and operators Crown Care are now recruiting nursing staff ahead of its opening in the autumn.
The Royal Hampton is a 73-bed home providing residential, nursing and dementia care. It also includes two three-bedded bungalows and four three-bedded town houses, with associated car parking, service amenities and a garden area.
Crown Care engaged architects Alston Murphy Associates to design the scheme to the highest specifications and work alongside the building contractors, Meldrum Construction.
Wendy Conn, Crown Care’s managing director of healthcare, said: “The Royal Hampton really will be a care centre with the wow factor – it is the jewel in our crown.
“It will include an internet cafe, cinema, spa services, library and a music hall, alongside quiet lounges for residents and those staying with us for a short time.
“Each of the single bedrooms will have en-suite shower rooms and there will be a number of suites with private lounges and kitchens to help our residents maintain independence.
“This is the perfect site for us. There will be a large area of landscaped gardens and it is close to the centre of Ponteland, so our residents will be part of the community.
“We are looking to deliver the best quality environment the region has to offer while providing the highest possible standards of care to ensure those who come to live here or stay with us for a short time get the care, attention and lifestyle they deserve.”
Job applicants and potential residents at The Royal Hampton can find out more by calling 0191 2708649 or emailing info@crowncare group.co.uk