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County unveils concept drawings for GPL rebuild - Council directs staff to procure architect for next steps

Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017

Cobourg, ON – August 23, 2017 – The vision for the new Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) was unveiled today, as staff and consultants shared concept drawings for the replacement home, to be built by 2025. Council directed staff to secure architect and project management services in order to move forward with the official design and build, which is anticipated to cost just over $40 million.

“While this represents a concept only at this point, it is wonderful to see the new facility taking shape,” stated Warden Mark Walas. “I applaud staff for their work to date to make a new home possible for our residents, which will meet best practices in long term care, and create an environment where our residents can continue to live with purpose, choice, dignity and respect.”

Construction began on the existing GPL in the mid-1900’s. Two later additions to the structure, as well as significant renovations to one of the wings in the 1990s, brought it to its current size and configuration. In 2007, the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care introduced revised standards for long term care facilities, requiring that these be met no later than January 1, 2025. With the extent of renovations required to make the existing GPL compliant determined to be infeasible, staff began to lay the groundwork in 2014 for the construction of a new facility, to be fully operational by 2025.

Based on provincial direction, the new GPL will continue to be a 151-bed home, though the County is exploring designs that could accommodate future growth if supported by the province. To be located on an empty parcel of land currently owned by the County just west of the existing GPL, the new facility will include a mix of private, semi-private and basic rooms. The ‘campus-style’ site plan reveals a park-like setting with accessible trails connecting the new facility with the County Headquarters building and Halcyon Place, as well as surrounding amenities.

Work done to date as part of Phase 1 planning includes a number of studies:

  • Archaeological Assessment Stage 1 and 2
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
  • Traffic Impact study
  • Legal survey
  • Preliminary Geotechnical and Hydro-geological study
  • Topographical survey
  • Building Condition Assessment

The details of these studies were included in a report presented today to Council to close-out this phase.

“As this project advances, a number of critical consultations will need to occur, including ongoing discussion with stakeholders such as residents and families, staff and neighbouring property owners, and extensive consultation with the Ministry to acquire approval before construction,” indicated CAO Jennifer Moore. “With Council approval, staff will now proceed with next steps, including the development and issuance of an RFP to procure architectural and project management services for construction of the new Golden Plough Lodge.”

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