Manchester's £11m care village plans revealed

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2014

Plans for an £11 million Jewish care village in south Manchester have been unveiled.

The currently closed Morris Feinmann home in Didsbury will become the Morris Feinmann Belong Village, comprising a cluster of mini-care homes around communal facilities. Building work is expected to be completed in 2016 on the site of the former 72-bed Victorian home, which was shut because of expensive running costs and outmoded design.

Its 44 residents were moved to a kosher facility inside a nearby existing home last June and will have the option to transfer back to the new facility, which is expected to feature a kosher bistro, synagogue, meeting rooms, gym, hairdressing salon and treatment spa. Secure dementia gardens are also envisioned and facilities will be available for communal use. The bistro and main hall will be available for Shabbat services and Seder nights and there will also be a succah.

On Monday, 120 people took up the invitation to view the design details, which are due to be submitted for planning approval next month in conjunction with CLS, the non-profit care developer. CLS executives have visited north Manchester's Heathlands Village as well as care homes in London and Leeds to learn about kashrut and other Jewish observance requirements.

Morris Feinmann Trust chairman Alan Wilkins said that "all 72 rooms of the new village will be registered for nursing care. In the old Morris Feinmann home about 24 rooms were registered."

Last updated: 2:54pm, March 4 2014