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A £47 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Princess Alexan­dra home in Stan­more has been green-lighted by Jewish Care’s trustees af­ter a ma­jor fundrais­ing cam­paign.

The am­bi­tious project in­cludes a 64-bed nurs­ing and de­men­tia home, 16 as­sisted liv­ing stu­dios, 48 one- and twobed­room in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments, a com­mu­nity day cen­tre and spe­cial­ist de­men­tia day care fa­cil­ity. Other fea­tures will be a restau­rant, sy­n­a­gogue, shop, hairdresser and well­be­ing fa­cil­i­ties for use by both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

Jewish Care pur­chased the prop­erty in 2000 with a view to its long-term po­ten­tial. Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the re­de­vel­op­ment was granted in late 2015.

The care cam­pus will be named San­dring­ham, re­flect­ing the wishes of a fam­ily which has made an “ex­cep­tional gift” to the project. The in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments will be named Pears Court, in recog­ni­tion of a do­na­tion from the Pears Foun­da­tion.

“An age­ing pop­u­la­tion and changing so­cial care needs re­quires new mod­els of care, and of its fund­ing,” Sir Trevor Pears said.

The nurs­ing and de­men­tia home will of­fer mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for the 45 peo­ple cur­rently liv­ing in Princess Alexan­dra and fu­ture res­i­dents. It has ben­e­fited from the largest do­na­tion from the Dorf­man Foun­da­tion to a Jewish com­mu­nity project.

“We are de­lighted to be help­ing the el­derly in our com­mu­nity live with dig­nity, com­pas­sion and care,” said foun­da­tion chair Lloyd Dorf­man.

The Ger­ald Ron­son Fam­ily Foun­da­tion has pledged sup­port for the build­ing of the com­mu­nity cen­tre and the as­sisted liv­ing stu­dios will be named in recog­ni­tion of a gift from the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion.

Be­yond the five lead gifts, sev­eral large con­tri­bu­tions have been pledged from foun­da­tions, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als. The char­ity is con­tin­u­ing its fundrais­ing to se­cure the £7 mil­lion still re­quired.

The project will be in two phases. The first is the build­ing of the new home, which will be con­structed along­side the ex­ist­ing premises.

Once this is com­plete, and res­i­dents are com­fort­able in their new sur­round­ings, the sec­ond phase of works will in­clude the de­mo­li­tion of the cur­rent home.

Jewish Care ex­pects res­i­dents to move into the new home by spring 2019. The en­tire project has an es­ti­mated com­ple­tion date of sum­mer 2020.

An artist’s im­pres­sions of the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the Princess Alexan­dra re­de­vel­op­ment

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