Close to four months after the official ground breaking ceremony for Gloucester's new nursing home, Anglican Care has signed a contract with a builder.
Newcastle contractor, Kingston Building has been awarded the project after Anglican Care opened up the tender progress when getting the green light for the development application from MidCoast Council.
Although the project contractor isn't a local business, Anglican Care chief executive officer, Colin Osborne said the company's tender included quotes from Gloucester contractors.
"We made it very clear during the tendering process about local involvement," Mr Osborne explained.
"There have also been initial discussions with the high school about student traineeships during the building process."
Contractors have already been on site, getting the area prepared for construction and Mr Osborne hopes a bulldozer will be soon to follow.
"There's a fair bit of work to be done to get the site ready for the building," he said.
As part of the tender process, Kingston Building was required to layout a construction timetable, with Anglican Care expected to meet with the contractors regularly for updates on the project.
"We'll keep a close eye on the progress," Mr Osborne said. "I anticipate residents will be moving from the current facility into the new facility by August next year."
After the building construction is completed, Mr Osborne said it will take four to six weeks to get the building ready for residents. The organisation will need to furnish the building, test all the equipment and have a few dry runs of things like food service to ensure everything is ready to go.
Kingston Building will be responsible for the construction of the nursing home only, with the tender to go out for the retirement village at a later stage. According to Mr Osborne, building a nursing home requires a different set of expertise than the construction of the residential style buildings required for the retirement village and that it's likely that project will be awarded to a different contractor.