Meridian Healthcare

Lord-Lieutenant officially opens The Millbrook

Press release   •   Mar 27, 2012 16:32 BST

Lord-Lieutenant presides over official opening of The Millbrook care centre in the conservation area of Millbrook

Last 3rd November saw the official opening ceremony of Meridian Healthcare's new £3.8m care centre in Millbrook, Stalybridge with Her Majesty's Lord -Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr Warren J Smith.

Pictured from left to right are: Mr Alan Firth, Mrs Susan Firth, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Warren Smith, Cllr Susan Quinn and the children of Millbrook Primary School.

Official guests of honour at the event were HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Warren Smith and Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Susan Quinn who were joined by Susan Firth and Alan Firth of Meridian Healthcare, Tony Greenhalgh of Quadrant architect and Mr David Smith of H.H. Smiths builders along with Smiths and Meridian personnel for a tour of the building. Children from Millbrook Primary School and local historian Kathryn Booth also attended the event along with 70 invited guests, many of whom had visited the site whilst under construction.

Pictured from left to right are: Mrs Susan Firth, Mr Martin Lord and Mrs Samantha Lord of Catalyst, Mr Tony Greenhalgh of Quadrant ABS, Mr John Baxter of Carrig & Baxter, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Warren Smith, Mr Alan Firth and Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Susan Quinn.

The event marked the successful completion and opening of The Millbrook care centre.

This latest development is Meridian's 28th care centre and provides accommodation for 46 residents and employ around 46 staff from the local area.

The site was originally St James School and the Meridian team has worked with local planning officers to ensure that the development is sympathetic to the conservation area of Millbrook. Many people will remember the building fondly having been to school on the site, used the nursery or even learnt to dance in the evening. The existing façade of the building has been retained along with much of the original stone and roofing materials.

Guest Thalia Turner commented:"What an absolutely superb home! From the moment you step over the threshold the home is stunning. The interior design, the day areas, the bedrooms, everything about the home is first-class. I cannot think of anything the home lacks in the way of facilities - the Wi-fi throughout is a really good idea and 'The Flicks' cinema is a really excellent touch. I really liked the memory corners and the modern feel to the home throughout. The Millbrook is without question the best care home I have seen."

The care centre was registered in October with the regulator the Care Quality Commission and has already attracted residents from around the borough. One guest was heard to comment that the care home was the best he had visited in the North West.

From this...photograph shows children from Millbrook school along with Meridian Project Manager John Baxter inside the care centre during construction.

To this...photograph shows the finished care centre restaurant, complete with baby grand piano.

Meridian Healthcare grew out of local authority roots, starting with a small number of homes transferred into the independent sector by Tameside Council. With the support of staff, some of whom are shareholders in the business, the organisation has gradually acquired and built care homes to its own exceptionally high standards. Meridian now own 28 care homes with the 29th scheduled to complete in mid April 2012.  Meridian Healthcare is also under contract to provide short stay dementia services for Oldham Council at the recently re-opened Limecroft Care Centre in Oldham.

Meridian's latest development is The Oakes in Huddersfield, which is scheduled to open in April 2012.