FIFTY jobs will be created with the opening of a new eco-friendly care home in Castleford.
Mayor of Wakefield Coun Ros Lund laid the first tile at Newfield Lodge Care Home and was joined by Castleford councillors to mark the start of construction work at the Brookfield Avenue facility.
Care home bosses say 50 jobs will be created at the facility – which will offer specialist dementia treatment to 64 patients when it opens in August.
The building also promises a 21 per cent reduction in carbon emissions once it is operational.
Castleford Coun Mark Burns-Williamson said: “It’s great to see this area of land being redeveloped but yet still providing much needed care facilities.”
The development, designed by sister company Ideal Care Homes and built by Garforth firm LNT Construction, will use a combination of ground source heat pumps, underfloor heating and solar energy as part of the build which will ensure at least 15 per cent of the home’s energy usage will come from renewable sources.
A spokeswoman for Ideal Care Homes said: “The construction of Newfield Lodge heralds a new era of care for older people in Castleford and the development has been selected as the first of Ideal Care Homes’ to have an additional range of energy efficiencies.
“The residential care homes are designed and developed to be fit-for-purpose and future-proof with every thought given to the well-being of the people who choose to live with them.”
Ideal Care homes currently has 31 operating homes with plans to open further facilities across the north and Midlands in 2012-13.