Mass and blessing for Nazareth House development in Plymouth
A MASS and blessing event took place on the site of a new housing development.
A group of 50 apartments for elderly people are being built at Nazareth House in Stonehouse by construction firm Opco.
The Exeter-based company is building the units, which overlook Plymouth Sound, for religious order The Sisters of Nazareth, which has a residential care home next to the site.
The Bishop of Plymouth, Christopher Budd, attended a blessing and mass at the new site on Monday, February 11, along with Nazareth Care chief executive John Gatwood.
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Sister Elizabeth Hackett told The Herald: "It was a very pleasant day for everyone concerned. The apartments will look very good and we have had a lot of interest from potential occupants.
"We are a bit behind, so I would imagine they will be finished this time next year."
The £6.5 million brownfield project will see the development of assisted living apartments which will be able to accommodate about 100 residents.
In March 2011 the Sisters of Nazareth moved to nearby Peirson House while Nazareth House was refurbished.
In September last year, residents moved back into the main building, following a £2.7million refurbishment undertaken by BAM Construction.
Speaking to The Herald last year, Opco's regional director Bruce MacDonald said: "The Nazareth House scheme will be served by a lower ground floor basement car park.
"The upper ground, first and second floors will be constructed with a reinforced concrete frame and the third floor of a steel frame."