Construction has started on a new multi-purpose short-break care centre in Scunthorpe designed to support local young people who have complex disabilities, and their families, by offering access to opportunities and bespoke support.

Leading construction firm, Hobson & Porter, which operates throughout Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, is delivering the £6million project on behalf of North Lincolnshire Council, via its Construction & Highways Framework.

The development, which is being supported with funding from the Government’s Department for Education (DfE), is being built on the site of a former community wellbeing hub that was demolished earlier this year, approximately one mile from Scunthorpe town centre on Alvingham Road.

The single storey building will include multiple sensory rooms, dining and lounge areas, staff bedrooms, 13 specialist accessible residential bedrooms for children with complex needs, accessible kitchens and bathrooms, a medical room, administrative spaces and family rooms. The centre will also feature gardens and outdoor spaces for staff, residents and their families. Work is due to complete in spring 2023.

In addition to offering care to children with complex needs, young people using the new facility will be able to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them build important life skills. The centre will be the new home of Cygnets, which currently offers these services in the area and was recently rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “With Government support, we are investing millions of pounds of local taxpayers’ money in people supporting our most vulnerable children.

“We know how vital it is to local families that their children have access to this brilliant support here in North Lincolnshire rather than going out of the area. It ensures they can stay safe and connected in their own community.”

Joe Booth, business development director from Hobson & Porter, said: “This is a significant contract for Hobson & Porter and further strengthens our position in the health and social care sector.

“It’s also very rewarding to win another good-sized project through North Lincolnshire Council’s Construction & Highways Framework and follows a £4million MRI project in Grimsby, for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which we won through the same framework and completed last year.

“Seeing work start on this latest project is a big moment for everyone involved, especially because it is such an important project for North Lincolnshire that will make a big difference to children with learning and physical difficulties, or other health needs, as well as their families.”

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