6 March 2016
Caernarfon’s former community hospital Ysbyty Bryn Seiont was featured in 2011 in a previous article, which provided details of its history. In brief, the hospital was founded in 1914 and was closed in 2004 when its services were transferred to the nearby Eryri Hospital. It was thereafter used for administrative purposes until the five-acre site was sold in 2009 to Wrexham-based private-care-home company Pendine Park.
On acquiring the site, the new owners announced their intention of demolishing the old hospital and building ‘Pendine Park Care Centre’, a £4 million dementia centre. A planning application for a 77-bed specialist nursing care facility was submitted in 2011 and approved in 2012. In 2013 further plans were lodged for an additional 16 companion living apartments for couples. Planning officials, however, recommended that permission be denied for this as, they said, it would be equivalent to building 16 new houses in open countryside. Nevertheless, Gwynedd councillors disregarded this and unanimously approved the application.
Building work, overseen by Denbighshire-based construction specialists Carroll Ltd, started in April 2014 and the ‘Bryn Seiont Newydd’ centre opened in October 2015 with the upper-floor accommodation opening at a later stage. The centre has accommodation, divided into eight small units, for 71 residents. The companion living apartments are to open in a second phase of the development. Total investment in the venture has risen from the initial £4 million to £7 million.
The centre has a musician and an artist in residence, with the arts playing an important role in Pendine’s enrichment philosophy. Members of Nantlle Vale Dog Training Club also make regular visits with their dogs as part of a popular pet-therapy programme.