Construction starts on multi-million-pound care home, Laurel Place in Bishop Auckland

19 July 2023

Laurel Place care home in Bishop Auckland

Construction of Laurel Place, our latest multi-million-pound complex care home in Bishop Auckland is underway.

Due to open in 2024, the home will provide specialist care for adults living with complex and high acuity needs.

Work started on Laurel Place in County Durham last month and when complete, will have 32 bedrooms and six apartments. The apartments are specially designed for adults who are ready to live more independently. However, residents will receive specialist healthcare support which will remain available around the clock.

The home will be split into three units across three floors. As small group living provides a more homely, supportive, and responsive care environment.

Each of the 32 bedrooms will have its own en-suite wet room. The home will have communal dining and living spaces, sensory bathrooms, an activities hub, surrounded by landscaped gardens. There is a dedicated therapy room offering holistic therapeutic care and support led by the in-home Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. 

Laurel Place is set to open in 2024 and will create over 100 new healthcare jobs in the local area. Roles include Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, PhysiotherapistOccupational Therapist and support roles. Recruitment is due to start next summer, and candidates can register interest for job alerts.

Stable and secure jobs for local people

Charlotte Lloyd, Director of Commissioning said: “The home we are creating in Bishop Auckland will enable local people who have suffered an accident, or are living with complex needs, to live close to home. Laurel Place will support residents to regain their independence and everyday living skills. and, where possible, move back into their homes in the community.”

“When the doors open to Laurel Place, we will recruit the best people in the sector, providing stable and secure jobs to local people.

“As well as providing employment opportunities, there are plans in place to help the new care home become part of the local community. It’s our ambition for the home to be a place where we host events, and where our residents can be part of the community, whether through work placements, local events or volunteering.”

Meeting the needs of residents

Steve Rigby, Head of Developments shares: “We are very excited to announce that we have started work on our new complex care home, Laurel Place. We’ve worked with S&SA Architects to ensure that the design of the building is in keeping with the local area, whilst also meeting the needs of the residents who will live in the home.”

Walter Thompson has been appointed to construct Laurel Place on the site of a former day care centre. They have vast experience developing complex care homes and have recently completed work on Hylton Grange and Tees Grange.”

Careers at Laurel Place

Laurel Place will create over 100 stable, secure, full-time and part-time jobs for local residents.

If you or someone you know is interested in working in adult social care, Laurel Place will offer a range of rewarding careers. 

The home will begin recruiting in 2024 for the following roles:

•    Registered Home Manager
•    Clinical Nurse Manager
•    Unit Managers
•    Registered Nurses (RGN, RMN, RLDN)
•    Senior Health Care Assistants
•    Health Care Assistants
•    Physiotherapist
•    Occupational Therapist
•    Activities Team
•    Administration Team
•    Catering Team
•    Housekeeping Team
•    Maintenance Technician

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Find out more about Laurel Place

If you’re looking for a complex needs care placement in the Bishop Auckland area, and would like to know more about our referrals process, please check our website or contact our Referrals Team on 01709 565777 or