Conversion contract for former care home awarded

A contract award for just over £1 million has been awarded to convert the former Whitleigh care home into the Four Greens Community Trust HQ.

Up to 60 jobs could be created once the HQ is up and running as part of a project has been set up to deliver community and business opportunities for the Four Greens area, comprising Whitleigh, Honicknowle, Manadon and Ernesettle.

A delegated decision has now been signed off which will enable the Council’s procurement team to issued formal notices to the successful bidder as well as the unsuccessful companies. The Council will be able to reveal the successful contractor in a few weeks’ time and they will be expected to be on site in November.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing added: “One of our pledges was to create a community economic development trust in the north of the city, which has not enjoyed the investment and facilities that other areas have in recent years.

“We have come a long way in a relatively short space of time, thanks to the drive and enthusiasm of the team and the community. We are making great progress to secure the trust’s sustainability has really taken off. The appointment of a business development manager has really helped push this along.”

FGCT board member Vince Burke, said: “This building will provide a dedicated community and business facility that is able to meet the needs of the trust, its partners and the local community.
“As a hub, it will be the driving force in bringing skills and employment opportunities into the area as well as delivering community benefits.”

This decision has been made under delegated authority and is subject to call in by scrutiny.