New care community for Bridport 

New care community for Bridport 

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:17pm 27th September 2019. (Updated at 1:34pm 27th September 2019)

The new development along West Bay Road and around Flood Lane will include a new care home.

It aims to support people remain independent for as long as possible.

What will be there?

  • Care home with nursing and dementia facilities
  • Supported living accommodation
  • Accommodation for key health and social care staff

It's part of Dorset Council's Building Better Lives Programme.

All the homes will be affordable and aimed at local people who need support to remain independent in their own home or who need a helping hand to afford housing in order to be able to live and work in the care and health sector in Bridport.

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Artist's impression of new Bridport care home

In need of modernisation

Councillor Laura Miller, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and health at Dorset Council said:

"This is a really exciting opportunity for Bridport.

The current facilities in the town need modernising and don't offer the right outcomes for the people living there.

"The new development will not only offer more choice of accommodation to people who need support, but it will also offer affordable housing for people working on the campus".

Person-centred care

The new state-of-the-art nursing and dementia care home will be designed and built by Shaw Healthcare.

Their director Geraint Evans said:

"We are delighted to have won the contract and look forward to seeing the Bridport development thrive.

"Shaw places significant emphasis on person-centred care which aligns with Dorset's Council values and together we look forward to delivering the type of care that we would want for our own loved ones." 

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Sydney Gale House, Bridport



BICL, a partnership of Morgan Ashley Care Developments and East Boro Housing Trust, will build and manage a range of housing across the sites.

MD Laurence Basturkmen said:

 "The next steps will be public consultation and planning applications, before starting on site.

"We will be working with the local community, East Boro Housing Trust and Dorset Council to realise what is an innovative scheme, joining health, housing and care together in one location, to facilitate better outcomes for all".

Both organisations will work closely with Dorset Council to develop the plans ready for a formal Planning Application. 

They will talk with the people who are currently being cared for at Sidney Gale House, and their families, and consult widely with people in the Bridport area to help shape these plans. 

The buildings should be completed by Spring 2021.