Specialist drug and alcohol unit for young people and families to be built in Cornwall at Bosence Farm – an update

Posted on: December 1, 2015

 

Bosence Farm received half of the Public Health England grant, £219,000 in June.  Receipt of the first tranche of the grant enabled work on the project to commence.

A project Board was convened. This has been meeting monthly. The Board is chaired by Lizzie Sheridan, chair of the Bosence Board, Tony Woodhams, Vice Chair of Bosence Board, Kate Cook CEO of Bosence Farm, Jeremy Booker Manager of Bosence Farm, Kim Hager Commissioning Manager for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team and Bob Crossland Project Manager.

The Project Board will ensure that the building is designed and constructed to the highest standards with the budget at our disposal.  Architects Stride Treglown who designed the award winning Boswyns facility have prepared the plans for the young people unit. Their brief was to design a building in which a modern, local, personal and responsive service could be delivered in a space which is both flexible and adaptable.

The initial plan was that the building would be complete in May 2016. This date was based upon expecting to receive the grant some three months before we did.  A revised project plan has now been prepared.  After consultation planning permission is now being sought. Tendering will take place early in the New Year and construction of the building is due to start in April next year. It is anticipated that doors will open in September 2016.

Bosence Farm are well aware of the challenges they face in launching this kind of new facility when money is so tight and are now working hard on making bids for grants and awards, and on establishing agreements with potential partners to make the best possible use of the money that is available.  Interviews for a fund raiser have taken place and an appointment has been made.

Alongside the design and build we are discussing with a wide variety partners, both statutory and third sector how the service will be delivered. A number of consultation events and focus groups have taken place and are planned over the next few months to ensure that the treatment pathways are agreed.

Over the coming weeks we will keep our partners, stakeholders and especially service users informed of our progress.

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