Tatton Gardens completion brings outstanding facilities to the community
17 February 2023
A new extra care facility and whole host of community facilities are now complete in Chorley.
Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley said: "We're delighted that this outstanding development is complete bringing both quality accommodation, healthcare provisions and a raft of community facilities to the area.
"This is our second extra care facility which allows residents to live as independently as they like with excellent onsite and nearby facilities, with onsite support 24/7 should they need it. The 62 apartments are looking amazing and we can't wait to welcome the residents who will make Tatton Gardens their home.
"The area was also in desperate need of quality provisions, particularly in healthcare, which isn't an area we'd usually get involved in, but we've incorporated a GP surgery and pharmacy into the development which was much needed.
"These new facilities will benefit a range of ages for a long time to come, plus the development has regenerated the area, on a site which was previously an old bus depot building."
Councillor Bradley was joined by Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, the Mayor of Chorley- Councillor Julia Berry, Debbie Francis OBE - Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Executive Member of Chorley Council (Homes and Housing) - Cllr Terry Howarth, local ward councillors, representatives from Homes England, as well as contractors, contributors, and those who will be involved in the running of facilities and services at Tatton Gardens, at an event on 17 February.
Chorley Council are currently planning events for the local community to view the fantastic new facilities at Tatton Gardens before the building is fully occupied and will be letting the community know further details in the coming weeks.
This extensive development is being supported by a £5.2m investment from Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's Getting Building Fund with additional funding from Homes England and Chorley Council, and includes:
- 62 apartment extra care facility for the over 55's
Provisional offers for the stylish and comfortable extra care apartments, which also include fantastic facilities such as communal lounge, mobility scooter hire and onsite support, have already started to roll out, however there is still time to apply. Those interested in the accommodation can call 01257 515151 (ask for the Accommodation Team)
- GP surgery and pharmacy
The new GP surgery which will open in the coming weeks is a relocation of Eaves Lane Surgery.
- Community Centre
Bookings are now being taken for hire of the community space which is suitable for yoga and pilates classes, children's birthday parties and community group meetings. Further details and booking enquiries can be made at www.chorley.gov.uk/communitycentres
- Children's nursery
Tatton Nursery have already moved into their new home at the development with children already enjoying the new space.
- Hair salon & Community café space
Expressions of interest are currently being taken for the operation of the new hair salon and café space, further details can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Revamped existing recreation ground to the rear
Residents have been enjoying the revamped recreation ground to the rear of Tatton Gardens which includes new play equipment for a range of ages completed in summer 2021, plus new bowling hut to complement the existing bowling green.
Debbie Francis OBE, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said "The regeneration of Tatton Gardens demonstrates how targeted investment can help transform local facilities, improve the quality of life for residents, and generate new job opportunities. It will also help improve the wider Chorley offer in terms of attracting new investment and supporting local communities."
Following demolition of the former Stagecoach bus depot, construction of Tatton Gardens began early 2021 by contractor Robertson Construction. In addition to the build of the development, working with Chorley Council and other partners, Robertson Construction also ran initiatives to deliver value to the community, such as virtual work experience programmes, apprenticeships for young people from Chorley, volunteering on community projects, business advice sessions and over £8.5m spent in the local supply chain.
Dirk Pittaway, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction North West, said: "These new facilities at Tatton Gardens will be an excellent addition for the community. At the start of the project key targets for social value were set that we, as the main contractor, would deliver. One of the key elements of this was the creation of training and employability skills, we are delighted that over the course of the project we have shared information about careers in construction with over 600 students at Runshaw College; hosted 12 work placements and 15 apprentices. Two of the apprentices, who are Chorley residents, have secured full time employment with Robertson and are currently undergoing traineeships to become a Quantity Surveyor and a Site Manager. The Council's commitment to repurposing the site to benefit the local community has been evident from the start of the project and working together we have been able to deliver a quality facility with multiple uses in addition to a number of initiatives which will continue to deliver benefit to the community."
More information can be found on the Chorley Extra Care website
Getting Building Fund
On 4 August 2020, the government confirmed the list of over 300 successful projects which will receive a share of £900 million from the Getting Building Fund.
The full list of projects is available on GOV.UK.
The Getting Building Fund is investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery across the country. Projects funded include:
- regeneration of town and city centres
- green infrastructure and clean energy
- transport and digital connectivity improvements
- unlocking of housing and business sites
- support for SMEs and learners
The successful projects (over 300) are expected to deliver up to 85,000 jobs, over 1,500,000 sqm of commercial floor space, unlocking 45,000 homes, almost 1,000,000 sqm of public realm or green space improved or created, over 50,000 new learners assisted, and 65 million kgs of CO2 emissions saved.
All projects have been selected by Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities in each area and endorsed by the Housing Secretary.
Lancashire received an allocation of £34.1m for 10 projects which will create jobs and invest in much needed infrastructure improvements, helping the county recover and bounce back quicker from the pandemic.
All of the successful ten schemes have demonstrated they have the ability to accelerate growth and create employment, and are a good mix of projects which will have an impact across the whole of the county. The schemes range from regeneration projects in some of Lancashire's towns which have been adversely impacted by Covid-19, to high-end research and development facilities which will contribute to the Government's clean growth agenda.
Projects which have secured funding from the Getting Building Better Fund are: (figures have been rounded):
- Houndshill Extension Scheme, Blackpool (£5m)
- Abingdon Street Market Acquisition and Rejuvenation, Blackpool (£3.63m)
- Alker Lane, Chorley (£2.25m)
- Pioneer Place, Burnley (£3.68m)
- Lancashire Centre for Alternative Technologies -'RedCat' (£1.5m)
- Low Carbon Manufacturing Building Demonstrator (AMRC), South Ribble and Ribble Valley (£2.5m)
- Project Neptune, Fleetwood (£4.03m)
- Hillhouse Enterprise Zone, Wyre (£0.5m)
- M55 Link Road, Fylde (£5.79m)
- The Tatton Scheme, Chorley (£5.2m)
For more information visit the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership website.