A NEW care-home built on the site of a former pub in Bulwell is now up and running — after dignitaries were given a guided tour.
Fairway View, which overlooks Bulwell Forest golf course, has been created after the demolition of the former Golden Ball pub on St Albans Road.
The home, which specialises in residential care for dementia sufferers, boasts 41 en-suite rooms.
Built at a cost of £3.5 million by Ideal Care Homes, it is expected to create up to 50 jobs when fully operational.
As part of events to mark its opening, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Mick Wildgust (Lab), of Nottingham City Council, who lives in Bulwell, was given a sneak preview of the state-of-the-art premises.
Manager Tracey Millband: “He was very impressed. In fact, his wife has already chosen her room!”
Coun Wildgust got to look around the bedrooms, which all feature flat-screen televisions, DVD players and mini-fridges.
He also checked out the four lounges — two of which are designated quiet zones and two of which have kitches to promote residents’ independence. There is also a garden area with raised flowerbeds.
Coun Wildgust said: “it is a wonderful building and the home will be fantastic for Bulwell.”
The home welcomed its first resident on Tuesday, and Tracy is excited about the future. She is also pleased that the home will create jobs for the local community at a time when many are stuggling to find work.
Tracy, who is from Chesterfield, said: “Apart from myself, almost everyone employed here is local. In the next stage of recruitment, we will also be looking at local candidates.
According to Ideal’s website, its ethos at Fairway View is to “offer the highest quality of care in a luxurious setting at an affordable price for all”.
It adds: “What’s more, our experienced team of welcoming staff are trained to the highest standards. Fairway View is quite simply the ideal place to live.”
The project to build the home has taken a year and has been welcomed by neighbouring residents.