Haddington extension gets moving again

Haddington extension gets moving again

After treading water for more than a year after another COVID-induced delay, the project to build a new wing on Haddington Nursing Home is again moving forward.

Greg Sauer, chair of Tenterfield Care Centre (TCC) which operates Haddington as well as Millrace Hostel, said management committee members are happy to see the project progress. Fifteen beds will be added to the complex in phase one.

They're hoping to hear soon of their success in applying for grant assistance with the construction costs, estimated in the range of $5.5-6.5 million.

"We won't get the full cost, but anything will help," Mr Sauer said.

While council approved the development application for the project back in 2019, the pandemic stalled further progress with complications such as the quantity surveyor being located north of the border.

Project architect Magoffin and Deakin is now in the process of applying for a construction certificate and once that is in hand the committee hopes to have tender documents prepared within a few weeks to allow tenders for the work to be called.

Mr Sauer expects to have tenders back by the end of August, with contracts signed soon thereafter with a preference for local builders.