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Weather Delays Construction of Waypoints Dementia Care Home

Saturday 20 February 2016, 09:11
By John Smith

The foundations for Waypoints' new dementia care home in Wincanton

The autumn announcement that a new 69 bed dementia care home was to be built in Wincanton provided good news for the town. The new facility will bring an estimated 80 jobs into the local economy. After a successful planning application Waypoints moved quickly, with a team on-site to prepare the ground and lay foundations. This foundational work was completed on schedule by Christmas.

After the Christmas holiday period, and through January, there was no visible on-site activity. At a recent Town Council meeting it was stated that the project had been mothballed, but no explanation was given in the meeting. Thankfully the answer has come in the form of a press release from Waypoints, received on 28th January.

We are pleased to announce that the construction of our brand new 69 bed care home in Wincanton is progressing reasonably well despite the continual deluge of rain since the commencement of the works.

Accordingly we have decided to stop all works until further notice, recommencing as soon as the weather improves in the late spring 2016.

Managing Director at Waypoints Andrew Baxendine said, “The heavy rain has caused us some problems working on site. This started with the redirection of the mains and storm sewers and electrical services and has continued with the groundworks. We have therefore decided that it will be more cost efficient to mothball the site and recommence when we know it is going to be much easier to work on. At Waypoints we are all looking forward to the launch of our state-of-the-art home in early 2017.

Construction materials at the Waypoints dementia care home building site in Wincanton

Many local residents will understand this action because West Hill is known to have multiple springs. On this side of the hill the ground is predominantly heavy clay. With the exceptionally wet winter to date it’s no real surprise that working in those conditions is far from ideal.

Andrew later added that staff recruitment should start two to three months before construction is complete d, and that they don't anticipate any problems recruiting the 70 people needed for the Wincanton site. He acknowledged that whilst there is a national shortage of qualified nurses, they only need 8 or 9 qualified nurses for Wincanton, and they have always managed to obtain qualified staff for their other homes.


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