New Lodge development update, May 2017

Posted on18 May 2017

The New Lodge development in New Earswick is going ahead, with work beginning in September. This development work includes refurbishing New Earswick Folk Hall. Here, we will tell you more about what will be happening in the coming weeks and months. This includes a ‘meet the builders’ event, which you can drop into on Wednesday 24 May. 

JRHT’s Trustees have approved plans for the development, which includes:

  • replacing the existing Red Lodge building with a new registered care home and extra care accommodation. Extra care is a model that combines self-contained accommodation with the availability of care and support
  • refurbishing New Earswick Folk Hall
  • improving the public spaces and play areas in New Earswick
  • providing better facilities, including improved tennis courts.

What’s happening at the moment?

Some initial work has been carried out to remove and prune trees affected by phase 1 of the development, which we needed to do before the bird nesting season. We have been able to keep many trees on the development site and have included them in the new landscaping. We will be planting more trees on the site to make up for those that we could not keep.

What’s happening next?

We will be holding a ‘meet the builders’ event at New Earswick Folk Hall on Wednesday 24 May, between 3.00pm and 7.30pm. This will give you the chance to come and go, at your leisure, to meet both the building companies (Wates and STG) for the construction of New Lodge and the refurbishment of New Earswick Folk Hall. They will be sharing information about their organisations, providing details of the work they will be doing, and when each stage of it will begin.

We expect STG’s work at New Earswick Folk Hall to start in July. Whilst the café and a number of our rooms will be closed during this period, we intend to keep both reception and the Post Office open with minimal disruption. The new improved café and Folk Hall will fully re-open in July 2018.

As part of the development, New Earswick Tennis Courts will be relocated to New Earswick Sports Club. Fosse Contracts Ltd will start work on the new tennis courts and a multi-use court at the sports club in the next few weeks. This work is expected to take 12 weeks.

If you have any queries about these works, please contact the Customer Service team at the Garth, email [email protected] or phone 0800 5870211.

"​I am delighted to start delivering on our promise of a New Earswick for all ages. Supporting communities is about much more than just buildings though, and I’m looking forward to engaging with residents throughout this work. We are working hard across the organisation to ensure that this is a successful and positive change for the community."

Campbell Robb, JRF/JRHT Chief Executive