BUILDING work on a new residential home for the elderly in the grounds of Holme Valley Memorial Hospital has started.
The home will be finished in June 2004, and opened in July, say owners Meridian Care.
The centre will accommodate up to 60 residents who need long or short term residential or nursing care.
Residents will be able to look out over the Holme Valley from its lounge or gardens.
The home has already interested many potential residents and their families and has attracted a number of job enquiries.
Brockholes-based builders Conroy Brook started groundwork on the home in August.
Meridian Care is based in Hyde, Tameside.
It has three residential and nursing care centres in the North of England in Pudsey, Leeds and Scunthorpe.
A spokesman for Meridian said: "The Meridian Care residential and nursing centre will provide a much needed care facility for the elderly in the Holme Valley, which has seen two care homes close in the last year.
"Since the builders' boards were put up about six weeks ago, well over 20 enquiries about residential places at the centre have been received, giving an early indication that the facility will be well supported by the local community."