We are pleased to announce an exciting new in-house development has been given the green light by Trafford Planning Department. Permission has been granted for the construction of a 40 bed care home facility at the site of the former Flixton library, known locally as Bowfell.

The Knoll Care Partnership will manage the new facility whilst sister company Calco will act as project leader for the build phase.

The development was given the full support of the planning committee and the decision to pass was made within minutes of opening the debate.

In a ringing endorsement, Cllr Rob Chilton was impressed with the sympathetic design.

“They have clearly taken the heritage aspect seriously,” he added. “It is important to the people of Trafford”

Cllr Vivienne Ward echoed this sentiment.

“They really utilise the plot,” she said. “The garden is in a lovely position and I am really looking forward to it starting.”

“We have a local firm and I know they will do justice to the area.”

In a statement to The Messenger News Group, Andrew Callaghan said:

“As a local family owned and run business, we were very keen to produce a scheme that would be befitting of the prominent location and enhance the overall street scene.  In the design brief to our architects, DWA, we requested the new building should be sympathetic to the surrounding architecture whilst simultaneously being of its time. We hope the finished design has achieved this, whilst providing a care home that will offer an attractive place to live and work and be calmly appropriate to its prominent position in the town. The plans include a sensory garden which has been designed around the existing glacial boulder. We have managed to retain the “Atlas” relief which was formerly located above the entrance to the old library. This will be re-sited either in the sensory garden or in the reception to the new home.  We will also be using the locally established name of “Bowfell” for the new home. We hope these measures give a little local history and context to the development.”

Site work is expected to commence in early 2017.