RESIDENTS have welcomed a multi-million pound care village in east Leeds, which opens to the public this weekend.
The £5m Seacroft Grange care village has transformed the previously derelict Grade II-listed building, which will be the social and community activity hub, into a cinema, therapy spa, gym, hair salon and coffee shop.
Services will include day care, residential and nursing care and private independent living apartments for a range of age groups.
Former local resident, Eric Hives, who attended Seacroft Grange when it was a school in the 1950s, said: “It has been an eyesore for a long time and has now been brought back to its former glory.”
The care village is part of the Garforth-based Springfield Healthcare Group.
The company currently provides care to 900 clients in Leeds, including 400 clients in the east Leeds area.
Lily Woods, chair of the Seacroft Residents’ Association, said: “The local residents have protected this building for many years, hoping it would eventually be put to good use.
“We are so pleased with the work Springfield have done. It looks beautiful and has done a lot for the community, including providing new jobs.”
Chief executive officer, Graeme Lee, is a former chairman of the Leeds Care Association.
He said: “We have every single community amenity including medical centres, pharmacy, pub, library, post office, and supermarket within 100 metres.
“We believe this is what the government wants when it talks about integrated healthcare and joined-up thinking from the people in charge of that care.”
An open weekend will be held on November 2 and 3 from 10am to 3pm.