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The redevelopment of the former Albion Mill in Ewood is nearing completion as its developer gets ready to hand over a brand new care facility to the local authority and NHS.

Verum Victum Healthcare (VVHC) has delivered the £12.5m extra-care facility, which will provide 109 beds, including 50 extra care apartments, 31 en-suite rooms for intermediate care, 24 dementia apartments and 4 rehabilitation apartments.

“It’s a lovely facility and a fitting place for local people to enjoy their sunset years in comfort and security,” said VVHC managing director Roy Kenny.

“Completing the job to the standards we expect has not been without its challenges but we’ve got there and I’m delighted that local folk are getting ready to move in. They’ll find state-of-the-art facilities and lovely communal spaces, as well as skilled care and medical staff.”

Commenting on the support received from Blackburn with Darwen Council, Inclusion Housing and the local NHS care commissioning group, Mr Kenny said:

“This was always a team effort and I’m pleased we can hand over such a lovely development to custodians who have Blackburn’s interests so clearly at heart.”

Finishing touches are now being put to the facility by VVHC and their contractor Carroll Build, ready for hand-over in mid-March. Whilst VVHC is not responsible for tenant selection, it is understood that the first residents will move in from April 2021 onwards.
Dr Mark Dziobon, Medical Director at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “I am delighted that Albion Mill is due to open soon, particularly following the last year we have had. Working alongside our partners, this is a perfect example of integration – health and social care working side by side to make a difference to the lives of our residents. This state of the art facility will ensure people can live comfortably with as much independence as possible but also with the right care around them when needed.”

Sayyed Osman, Director of Adult Services, Health and Strategic Commissioning, said: “I am really excited to see this state of the art facility open. Our Council and its partners have worked incredibly hard to bring such high quality schemes to the borough. It will be a massive benefit for our residents who need support. It will also be a huge benefit for the local community as it will have a strong community focus. COVID has had a terrible impact on all our borough and has been a primary reason for the delay of the scheme. But even in such testing times, all partners continued to work hard to deliver the project and once open, people will see what a wonderful facility it is.”