A ground-breaking event took place today, Monday 15th November, to celebrate a new £13million development that will see a new older persons home built in Leighton Buzzard.
Marigold House is the first, in a number of older persons accommodation that will be built by the council in the next few years and will be used to replace existing outdated homes. The 63-bedroom care home has been designed by Concertus Design & Property Consultants and improves on traditional buildings of this nature, using a combination of sustainable design solutions focusing on Passivhaus with air source heat pumps as the main heating source.
Alongside the main contractor, Farrans, the landmark occasion was celebrated by Cllr. Brian Saunders Central Bedfordshire Council’s Chairman doing the honours with a spade to symbolically break ground. Several residents from Westlands Care Home were also in attendance to see the event. Visitors, VIPs and residents from Westlands Care Home were then able to view an exhibition of the proposed building.
Cllr Ghent Executive Member for Housing and Assets said: “This is a truly momentous day as we celebrate the start of the build on site for our new state-of-the-art care home in Leighton Buzzard, recently named Marigold House. The name was chosen by the staff and residents of Westlands Care Home the residents of which, will have the opportunity to move to the new home when it is complete.”
“This is the first care home Central Bedfordshire Council have built and it is planned to be built to Passivhaus standards making it a super energy efficient home with outstanding eco credentials.”
“Our Care is Central employees that will work here, together with Marigold House’s residents, will both reap the benefits from living and working in one of the healthiest types of building it is possible to build and, and which is also environmentally friendly.”