16 June 2015
St Winefrides Care Centre
40 jobs created as work starts on new care centre at St Winefride’s Hospital site.
Work has started on a new 73-bed care centre at the former St Winefride’s nursing home and hospital in Pontcanna.
The development from 55Plus and Principality Commercial, the commercial arm of Principality Building Society, is expected to be completed in spring 2016.
The scheme, which will be constructed by Jehu and is designed by Rio Architects, will create 40 construction jobs and further care and support jobs once the project is completed.
Gareth Chappell from 55Plus said: “After years of planning we have finally started work at this well-known Cardiff site, which will bring a modern care facility to the area.
“It will provide new employment in the community and support the local economy as all of the companies involved in the development are based in South Wales.
“We are grateful to Principality Commercial for sharing our vision on this project and helping it to become a reality, which will soon support dozens of people that are in need of care.”
The new Crescent shaped care centre is designed over three storeys and includes the refurbishment of the existing Pembroke House on Conway Road.
St Winefride’s, which was the hospital that thousands of people visited when they needed their inoculations, will care for a range of needs, including dementia patients.
Richard Wales from Principality Commercial, said: “We are pleased to see work start on the care centre as this is the final piece of the jigsaw for Principality as we have already supported three phases of housing development at this iconic site.
“The St Winefride’s project visibly demonstrates Principality’s role in supporting the Welsh economy and ensuring that the housing market continues to deliver homes for the people of Wales, regardless of their situation.
“We hope that the new St Winefride’s care centre will become as well-known for supporting the people of Cardiff as the one before.”
Principality Commercial has previously worked with property developer Portabella to fund the other three parts of the multi-million pound development at this landmark site, the original properties having been constructed in 1938 in the grounds of The Lindens, a Victorian villa and the 55Plus scheme will now complete the full redevelopment of this prime site.