Great new Formont facility begins construction
Published Thursday, 25 February 2010
Working with our service users, their families and other agencies, the Council has designed a resource that will meet people's aspirations and will be made available to the wider community so that people with learning disabilities can be fully inclusive in our community.
With a construction value of £1.4 million and total estimated expenditure of just over £1.5 million, the current accommodation will be refurbished and extended to include the provision of:
- a new extension at the front of the building forming a main entrance and reception;
- a new specially adapted heated pool;
- flexible exercise / physiotherapy / activity space ensuring people have access to a range of therapies within a single site.
Incorporation of a sensory environment is planned for the pool with programmes that enable service users to independently control, manipulate and have fun within their environment, whilst enjoying the benefits of improved mobility and strengthening muscle tone.
The planned completion will be in October 2010, and our service users are really looking forward to moving back to their new base.
Cllr Edward Smith, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services said "I was pleased to be invited on site to see how work was progressing with the new Formont facility.
"Whilst there I met some service users, amongst them was Colin, who is one of the people who will use the new building, he was so excited at the prospect of seeing it refurbished.
"To hear of all the facilities that will be available under one roof, such as the new pool and the access to therapies that people will have when the build is completed, the new Formont is going to be very welcome"
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