Belfast nursing home will create 140 new jobs

MORE than 140 jobs are to be created at a major new nursing home in Belfast.

Maryland Healthcare is building an £8.4 million healthcare centre at a site in the Castlereagh hills.

The five-and-a-have acre venture will feature enough accommodation for 80 residents.

The new jobs will comprise both full-time and part-time roles including senior nursing, care providers, administrative, kitchen and domestic staff.

The centre will cater for the needs of vulnerable adults living with dementia, a learning disability, or physical disability, and is expected to be completed by June next year.

As well as the building itself, the projects will include gardens, an orchard, allotments and livestock meadow.

In addition to the 140 permanent jobs, over 100 construction jobs are being supported during construction.

The project is being backed by Ulster Bank.

Maryland Healthcare chairwoman Audrey Lockhead said: “Ulster Bank are providing a considerable level of support for the scheme, which will provide an essential service to fill a gap in the care needs of patients and residents.

“Services will include sub-acute intermediate care, complex nursing care, enhanced palliative, learning disability, and physical disability care. It will be one of the largest new-build health facilities in Northern Ireland in recent years.

“Maryland will be a benchmark healthcare facility that has taken 10 years to bring to fruition. It is a good and worthwhile challenge for which we would like to commend the planning department and the then Castlereagh Borough Council for their foresight."

Kenton Hilman, head of corporate banking at Ulster Bank in the north said: “The management team behind Maryland Healthcare have considerable experience in the health sector, from a care and an operational perspective, and have provided a fantastic vision and plan for the scheme.

"Ulster Bank is delighted to support it given the economic and social contribution that it has the potential to make through its development and operation.”

The building work is being under taken by Co Down firm Killowen Contracts.

Company director Maurice McGivern said: “This is a truly significant healthcare scheme, with over 100 construction jobs sustained during the development, peaking at around 200.

"We take great pride and care in our work, and are very pleased to be on schedule to hand the scheme over to Maryland Healthcare on time and on budget.”

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