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GPL redevelopment project

Based in the Town of Cobourg, the Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) is the only municipally-operated long-term care home in Northumberland. The GPL is firmly entrenched within the history and culture of the Northumberland community, having been in operation in some form for over 100 years. Over the course of its history, the GPL has provided quality, compassionate care to hundreds of local families.

In order to continue to best meet the needs of residents as well as current best practices in long-term care, a new 180-bed GPL will be built by December 2022. This new facility will be located adjacent to the existing facility on County-owned land.

Golden Plough Lodge Conceptual Drawing

Project to date

In 2016 the County retained D.M. Wills Limited and Piccini Architect to complete the necessary background studies and prepare a Pre-Design Brief, which included a Conceptual Design. The Pre-Design Brief and Conceptual Design were endorsed by County Council in 2017 and Council directed the County to proceed with the project.

In April, 2018 The County awarded Salter Pilon Architecture the architectural and engineering services contract to complete the design. Initial drawings will be presented to County Council in the Winter of 2019, with the final architectural design of the building to be finalized in the spring/summer of 2020.

Other milestone dates for this redevelopment project include:

Phase 1

  • Pre-design - Complete
  • Design of the new GPL - 2018-2020
  • Construction of the New GPL - 2020-2022
  • Residents move in - Fall 2022

Phase 2

  • Demolition of existing GPL - 2022-2023

Phase 3

  • Site works completion - Summer 2023



Northumberland County is focused on ensuring that the new GPL offers a positive and healthy experience for our residents, visitors and employees.  Emphasis will be on energy efficiency, and that we reduce and mitigate potential environmental impacts of the new building. We are therefore pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for the new home. 

The LEED certification program is run by the national, not-for-profit organization called the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). 


If you have any questions or comments regarding this project, please email Vanessa at, and she will ensure you receive a response.

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