100 jobs to be generated at £6m care home

Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group), Councillor Tony Johnson (Leader of Cannock Chase Council), Paul Simmons (Exemplar Health Care) and Councillor Josh Newbury (Deputy Leader and Portfolio Leader for Regeneration and High Streets)

Work is underway in Cannock to create a £6m nursing home for adults living with complex needs.

Around 100 healthcare jobs will be created at the scheme owned and operated by national health care provider Exemplar Health Care and the first residents are expected to move in, in early 2025.

Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed to complete the 33-bedroom care home on the site of the former Avon Road car park, which will support adults living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities, and physical disabilities.

Each room will include an en-suite bathroom and the home will be split into three units to provide smaller groups with communal spaces.

Sensory bathrooms, an activities hub, a therapy room, a hair salon and a large accessible garden are also part of plans.

Work marks the fourth scheme which Deeley Construction has worked on in partnership with Exemplar Health Care.

Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are pleased to have started on site with this care home which will deliver much-needed care services for the community in Cannock.

“Our team has a proven track record of developing care homes and we are proud to again be working in partnership with Exemplar Health Care on our fourth scheme with them.”

Paul Simmons, head of construction at Exemplar Health Care, added: “This new home will make a huge difference to the lives of working age adults with care needs living in the local area, enabling them to access high-quality care and support within their local community.

“For many, the location and modern features of the home will greatly improve their experience of receiving care and support, enabling them to live closer to friends and family in a purpose built, community-centric care home whilst being supported by a holistic care and nursing team that can help them continue to engage in society and progress their personal goals.”

The land was earmarked for sale in the Cannock Town Centre Development Prospectus.

Councillor Josh Newbury, deputy leader and portfolio leader for regeneration and high streets said: “We are impressed at the progress already being made by Deeley Construction and Exemplar Health Care since the Council sold the land. This is a welcome addition to health care provision in the town and is an ideal location for that purpose.

“The development complements the Council’s £20m Levelling Up Fund project and will kickstart the Council’s wider ambitions to rejuvenate Cannock town centre.”