WORK has begun on extending an old folks home in Whitby, creating five extra bedrooms and an orangery.
Peregrine House on Upgang Lane is undergoing another facelift after previous works were also carried out last year.
The latest project will see three entirely new bedrooms, two more bedrooms being created from the existing first floor lounge and the ground floor dining room being almost doubled in size by the creation of an orangery-style extension at the front of the building.
Most of the current bedrooms will also be upgraded with the installation of new ensuite wet rooms.
Works are being carried out by local building form, JD Roach and are expected to be completed in the autumn.
Peregrine House holds a top rating from the Quality Care Commission, is a Dignity in Care Champion and has an Investors In People Gold Award.
It is also unusual in that it is still entirely independent and not part of a large care home group.
Owner, Dr Kevin O’Sullivan, said: “It means we can concentrate on excelling at caring for people without the standardisation and bureaucracy of a larger organisation.”
He added: “Our reputation for high quality care has led to more demand for places here. Rather than taking on a second home, we have decided to capitalise on the existing infrastructure we have here.”
The start of the new works also coincides with the launch of a new website featuring the variety of activity available for residents at the home: www.peregrinehouse.co.uk