Joint venture to transform Bowdon property

Patrick Properties and the McGoff Group have partnered to create a new joint venture (JV) with plans to transform the former Mercure Hotel in Bowdon.

After more than 12 months working closely with Trafford Council on the design of the proposed mixed used development, including a number of pre-application meetings and local engagement, the JV has submitted a planning application for the brownfield site.

With both Patrick Properties and the McGoff Group based in Altrincham, maintaining the rich heritage of the property forms an integral part of the design, with the historic Hydro building and Hawthorn Lea villas retained.  Marrying old and new, the plans include the demolition of the conjoined buildings and the introduction of six stylish townhouses and six apartments, sympathetic to the setting.

The development will also provide a children’s day nursery with 95 places and a state-of-the-art 53-bed care facility, creating an innovative multi-generational hyperlocal community which brings young and old together.  

A fresh approach, the McGoff Group are close to build completion on its successful first multi-generational development in Lymm, which includes retirement apartments, a nursery and care home.

Bringing together the best of care for all members of the community, this new concept is designed to offer the potential for children and the elderly to spend regular time in each other’s company which has many proven mental and physical health-related benefits including an increased understanding and appreciation of each other’s abilities and limitations, building tolerance and compassion and helping the elderly remain more mentally and physically alert.

Taking on board every possible eventually, and in today’s post-covid world, the care home has been expertly designed with infection control at the forefront of its service, providing wide corridors, large communal areas and break out spaces to facilitate social distancing.  All of the bedrooms boast en suite wet rooms, which means if an outbreak occurs residents can be cared for within their own bedroom, which in turn inherently limits the opportunity for the spread of infection throughout the environment.  This is in contrast to the national picture where many homes are housed in converted properties with smaller corridors and less communal space.  In addition, many such homes often only have a small proportion of their bedrooms served by en suite facilities and subsequently imposes a reliance on communal toilets and bathrooms.

The care home also intends to incorporate sustainable technology to not only make the home more energy efficient in an ear of rising energy prices, but also ensure the best value can be demonstrated when contracting with sustainably conscious bodies such as the NHS, who New Care have worked extensively within various regions around the country during the pandemic.  This service has enabled the rapid discharge of elderly residents from hospital beds into purpose built homely settings, where the highest levels of care can be administered whilst ensuring hospitals had capacity to provide critical care during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Located within the Bowdon Conservation Area, the essence of the development’s design is to re-establish the character and importance of the Hydro and Hawthorn Lea buildings, as well as to significantly increase green space, with private gardens for the townhouses, extensive grounds surrounding the apartments and a secure courtyard garden with the care home.

Sympathetic to the surroundings the design comprises in the main a muted palette of light stone and Bowdon white brick, with a different brick used for the care home to give a unique identity.  

Having acquired the property a few years ago, designing the right development has been a labour of love for Jordan Kennedy, Director at Patrick Properties.  He says: “This project is complex and having discussed possible schemes with several developers over the last few years, forming the JV with the McGoff Group was absolutely the right move.  

“Together we have created a desirable multi-generational development that retains its historic charm yet boasts contemporary character.  We viewed the historic buildings as assets, so the design was developed around those, with additional landscaping essential, all in keeping with the Conservation Area.”

Chis McGoff adds: “For several years this property has been derelict and much of it an eyesore, particularly along Marlborough Road.  Working with Patrick Properties on the design, along with Trafford Council, has been a lengthy but interesting process, and from this we have a devised a pioneering multi-generational development that provides a positive and long-lasting contribution to the local area.

“We are confident the boutique collection of apartments and townhouses will prove hugely popular, and having conducted comprehensive research, we believe there is a real need for a children’s day nursery and care facility, particularly purpose-built environments that are sustainable, cost efficient and specifically designed to allow for the very best care.  

“Furthermore, with two Altrincham based companies coming together, the sustainable credentials of the project are heightened as local labour and supply chains will be utilised for its delivery.

“As specialists in the care and childcare sectors, we are well versed in designing, building, maintaining and operating both day nurseries and care homes, and the Group will be involved in the development after construction is completed, ensuring exemplary services are provided that are benefit to the whole community.”

Jordan Kennedy concludes: “We are hopeful the planning department will be supportive of the proposed mixed-use regeneration project.  The site, which was previously developed, will offer two different types of dwellings, a care home and nursery in an accessible, highly desirable urban location, contributing to the needs of the local population right through from young to old.”

Patrick Properties and the McGoff Group anticipate a decision on the planning application in the coming months.  

McGoff Group buys land for new build to rent scheme

The McGoff Group has acquired over one acre of land on Rochdale Road in Manchester, next to the Marble Arch pub, for a new Build to Rent development.  

Planning consent has been granted for the 237 unit scheme, with Manchester City Council approving the proposed plans for the site earlier this year.  This development is located on Rochdale Road which is within the area covered by the Council’s Victoria North Strategic Regeneration Framework.

The McGoff Group purchased the site from Peter Read Investments Limited, and with the sale now legally complete, plan to start on site later this year, with McGoff Construction the principal contractor. The development will be part of the Group’s ‘Downtown’ brand and builds on the success of the now completed 374 unit Downtown scheme on Woden Street in Salford.

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects, the development will provide 237 units in total, incorporating a mix of apartments and duplex townhouses, some with balconies, garages and gardens, housed within three new buildings.

There will be 77 one bedroom apartments, 149 two bedroom apartments and 11 three bedroom apartments, with a selection of the two and three bedroom units being duplex townhouses.

Taking into consideration the locality, which has a rich industrious heritage with the historic Rochdale Road Gas Works previously located close to the site, the design of the scheme is sympathetic to the surroundings comprising a simple palette of brick, pre-cast concrete detailing and full height metal windows.  A different brick will be used for each building to give a unique identity to the façade, creating an attractive and iconic residential setting.

Basement parking will be provided with 35 car parking spaces as well as a cycle store, and the development will benefit from extensive landscaping, including a communal garden courtyard, pocket square and private gardens.  It will also offer a reception with spacious seating area and business centre.

Director at McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, says: “The site on Rochdale Road is superb; it ideally suits a sophisticated Build to Rent scheme.  We firmly believe this is the best approach for the site with Manchester continuing to see some of the best rental yields in the UK.

“Furthermore, the Group’s proven ability to acquire, design, build, operate and maintain residential developments ensures the future success of this scheme.  Having enjoyed unprecedented success at Downtown, and following the launch of Downtown Asset Management, we have established strong working relationships with both institutions and individual landlords, and are perfectly placed to embark upon a new Build to Rent scheme in the city.”

The McGoff Group worked with real estate, corporate and construction teams at Beyond Corporate on the purchase.  Partner James Flynn, who led the transaction, says: “We are delighted to continue build on our expertise in the BTR sector and to be involved in another large Manchester city centre scheme.  The site is in the perfect location for a residential development of this standard and sophistication, and it will be a welcome addition to the skyline of Manchester.  The residential market in the city centre is going from strength to strength and we are very proud to continue to play our part in its next phase of growth and innovation.”

“Dave McGoff, Director at the McGoff Group, concludes: “The Group’s approach to controlling every aspect of delivery from planning management, site acquisition, design, construction procurement and asset management not only de-risks project delivery from a build point of view, but also adds protection via the inherent early stage and legacy control we have, making us a perfect counter party for funders and institutional investors.

“In addition, our skill sets across residential development, as well as care home and childcare operation, ensure we are the ideal joint venture partner across a broad range of sectors.  Everyone needs a good builder, but the worth of the same is a rising commodity, particularly in a market which is evolving and that will benefit from a true end to end delivery model in what are volatile and rapidly changing economic times.”

McGoff Construction commences 15th project for Barchester Healthcare

McGoff Construction have commenced on site delivering a £9.5m new build care home in Weybridge for Barchester Healthcare. 

This scheme marks McGoff Construction’s 15th project for Barchester having worked with them for the past 6 years as a trusted turnkey build partner. Projects delivered to date include both lightweight steel frame (metsec) and traditional builds varying from 60 up to 75 bed homes. 

Following the demolition of a large garden centre, the scheme located on Seven Hills Road, Weybridge will comprise the design & build of a 64 bed state-of-the-art metframe care home. The home will provide high-quality residential and dementia care for older people in the community of Weybridge and is due to complete in Summer 2023. 

McGoff Construction Joint MD; Declan McGoff commented; “Securing our 15th scheme with our valued Client Barchester is testament to the dedication and passion of our delivery teams built up over many years and over many successful projects. We look forward to adding another stunning setting to Barchester’s portfolio.” 

Generations come together to create Fresco in Lymm

With its innovative multi-age concept fast taking shape in Lymm, the McGoff Group brought young and old together for an exciting art project to commemorate the start of Global Intergenerational Week (25 April).

Pre-school children from Back to the Garden Childcare, the Group’s natural child-led day nursery, joined elderly residents from Grosvenor Manor, one of the Group’s beautiful residential care homes, to transform an unused part of the development hoarding along the side of Statham Avenue into a stunning spring fresco.

96-year-old Peggy Steib and 84-year-old Joyce Hurst started the project off and were joined by three-year-old Miller Carty, Olivia Yu who is three and a half and her brother Joey who is two.  Young and old worked together to populate the picture with colour and detail; the children using finger and handprints to create beautiful pink cherry blossom and daffodils and the adults using different brush applications for trees, greenery and colourful flowers in bloom.

The resulting image is a wonderful reflection of what can be created when people of all ages come together to support and inspire one another and will be reproduced digitally on weatherproof vinyl and installed permanently on the hoarding.

Director at the McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, said: “Global Intergenerational Week was the perfect opportunity for us to facilitate this super activity highlighting how important it is for the youngest and oldest members of society to spend time in each other’s company, sharing knowledge and skills, developing friendships and essentially having fun and is a great representation of the concept and thinking behind the creation of our new development in Lymm.”

Grosvenor Manor resident Peggy Steib trained at Guy’s Hospital in London and has worked as a nurse, midwife and health visitor.  She added: “It was absolutely delightful for me because children and babies were my business when I worked a long time ago.  I helped a three-year-old paint something and it was lovely to have both generations together – we just had a lovely time.”

Due for completion later this year, the McGoff Group development on Whitbarrow Road is one of the first of its kind in the North West and will bring young and those in later life together to form a vibrant new micro-community with proven health, social and wellbeing benefits for all.  When complete, it will feature an award winning care centre, natural child-led day nursery and 45 individually designed residential apartments which benefit from an on-site concierge and the option to ask for a little extra help as and when needed. 

Kate joins the Back To The Garden team

Back to the Garden Childcare has appointed Kate Kelly as administrative assistant.

Reporting into nursery manager Ann Marie Ellison, Kate will help with the day-to-day running of the natural child-led day nursery on Sinderland Road in Broadheath, assisting parents, carers and visitors with questions and queries and handling administrative tasks such as booking schedules, invoicing and registering and welcoming new children.

Mum to a soon-to-be teenager, Kate has a wealth of hands-on experience with children and is also looking forward to communicating and celebrating the individual achievements of each of the nursery’s children as they develop and learn at their own pace. 

Prior to joining Back to the Garden Childcare, Kate was the finance and office manager for a childcare voucher company where she spent 13 years running all aspects of the business.  In her new role, she aims to use her experience to streamline processes and increase day-to-day efficiencies while increasing bookings and ensuring a high standard is maintained.

She was attracted to Back to the Garden’s local reputation, commenting: “When the role came up, I knew that it was the one for me.  It is both challenging and varied which I really enjoy.  I had also heard great things about the nursery; the people are so lovely here, both the staff team and our amazing families and children.  The nursery facilities really are fantastic and you can see how happy the children are every day.”

Nursery manager, Ann Marie Ellison, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kate to the team, and so pleased with the way she has settled in.  The parents and children love her and she is already making a great contribution to the smooth day-to-day running of the nursery.” 

Age 40, Kate lives in Sandbach and is engaged to be married next year.  She has one son, Vinny who is 12 years old and sits on the autistic spectrum.  One of the best things that has ever happened to Kate, he helps her see the wonder in everything and brightens up any cloudy day.  When not working, Kate enjoys being outdoors, taking her son for adventures that include splashing in puddles, snowboarding, wakeboarding and getting out on their BMX bikes.

Based in Altrincham and coming soon to Lymm, Back to the Garden is an innovative child-led day nursery that focuses on active learning through outdoor play in a stunning garden setting.  Its philosophy of allowing children to be children to explore their environment, experiment with the outdoor playscape and harness their own imaginations allows for a natural approach where each child develops at their own pace.

Work begins on £7.95M care facility in Bolton

Work has begun on a state-of the-art new care facility on the site of the former Egerton Hotel on Blackburn Road in Egerton, Bolton.

Award winning development-led care home operator New Care will transform the derelict site into a 64-bed ‘new generation’ care home which will create approximately 100 local jobs and will welcome its first residents in September 2023.

Renowned for the delivery of high end care facilities that help meet an increasing need for quality beds, the privately-funded care centre will be arranged over three floors and feature fully furnished bedrooms with en suite wet rooms, elegant communal lounges and dining rooms, spa-assisted bathrooms plus a hair salon and nail bar.

A number of advanced care services such as acoustic monitoring and silent call bells will be incorporated into the build and the care facility will benefit from beautifully landscaped gardens and an outdoor terrace to the first floor. 

Above all, it will provide an outstanding clinical offering including residential, nursing, respite and dementia care, with all residents receiving individual person-centred compassionate care that is enhanced by a meaningful programme of daily activities and excursions from a permanent and highly skilled professional team.

New Care’s development will protect and enhance this important local landmark, preserving it for the future.  The existing House will form the focal point for the scheme, with its front façade maintained proud compared to the front elevation of the new build that will sit behind, and eventually forming the care home’s main entrance, reception and offices to the ground floor and a communal day space area to the first floor.  The beautiful bay windows, on either side of the entrance door, and the stone façade, now in very poor condition, will be brought back to their original style and appearance.

Commissioning director at New Care, Dawn Collett, said: “We are delighted to start work on this new site in Bolton.  Once complete, this beautiful new home will deliver the highest standards of care in a stylish, comfortable, safe and stimulating environment.  With the care crisis continuing to escalate, we remain committed to bringing our award-winning facilities to areas where there is an established need and are looking forward to delivering our latest facility in Bolton.”

Egerton is one of six superb new care facilities currently under construction by New Care; the operator is also on site with new schemes in Wilmslow, Lymm, Grappenhall, Guiseley and Adel (Leeds) that will welcome their first residents in the next 12-18 months and bring the company’s total number of homes in the UK to 15.

The build programme for all new homes, including Egerton, is being managed by New Care’s sister company, principal contractor McGoff Construction.