Broughton House care home

A £12.5m scheme to create the UK’s first Veteran Care Village has been shortlisted for a top accolade.

Broughton House in Salford is in the running for the Community Benefit honour in the north west category of the 2022 RICS Awards.

RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – will announce the regional winners on Wednesday, May 18.

The RICS Awards recognise outstanding initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Each regional winner will go through to the national awards, which will be held later in the year.

Broughton House has provided care and accommodation for over 8,000 service veterans since it opened 1916, regardless of age or gender.

It currently has residents who have served in every conflict from WW2 to Iraq and Afghanistan

The redevelopment was carried out in phases to ensure Broughton House continued to function and provide care throughout.

Following the demolition of the original home in 2020, Broughton House has been transformed into a modern complex featuring a 64-bed care home, including a 16-bed household dedicated to veterans with dementia, and six retirement apartments.

The facilities at the revamped site include a museum, a gym, a hairdressing and barber’s salon and a restaurant and bar for residents.

There is also an Armed Forces Support Hub which provides welfare support and counselling for ex-service people of all ages living in the local community.

The project manager for the redevelopment was Manchester-based Dooley Associates.

Managing director Brendan Dooley said: “It was a privilege to be able to work on this project. It was paramount that we got it right for existing and future veterans, keeping their welfare at the heart of everything we did, ensuring flexibility and versatility of spaces, while ensuring that their sense of community was maintained.

“To be recognised by RICS as a nominee for this year’s awards is an accolade in itself. We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted, both for ourselves and for our client Broughton House, which deserves to be in the spotlight for the outstanding care it provides for those who have served their country.”

Karen Miller, chief executive of Broughton House, said: “The project was a major undertaking for the charity with the aim of creating a community to better meet the needs of our veterans now and in the future.

“It is a truly impressive facility but, most importantly, it is proving to be a modern, comfortable and welcoming home and community space for our veterans and to see it shortlisted for this prestigious award is extremely pleasing.”