THE site of a purpose-built care home in Woolston has been listed on the property market.

Heathercroft Care Home announced earlier this month that it will be closing permanently, citing ‘current challenges facing the sector’ as the main reason.

The Longbarn Lane home was placed into special measures by Care Quality Commission inspectors in September after being branded ‘inadequate’ following an inspection.

An inspection report highlighted concerns including incorrect PPE use by staff and torn and worn floor coverings which created trip hazards.

In a statement confirming the closure, home operator Ashberry Healthcare revealed that 45 residents and 70 members of staff would be affected, with an indicative closing date set at June 30.

But the circa 1.5-acre site has now been placed up for sale at a price of £2.2million through estate agent Christie and Co, Manchester.

According to the listing, the facility was constructed in the late 1990s, with an extension added later in around 2005.

It is described as a purpose-built property of traditional brick construction beneath a pitched tiled with uPVC double-glazed windows.

As well as 88 rooms, the home comprises of two lounges, two dining rooms, two sitting areas, a commercial kitchen, hair salon and admin offices.

A tarmac-surfaced car park can be found to the front with space for approximately 30 vehicles, with gardens to the rear.

In announcing the closure, an Ashberry spokesman said: “The health and wellbeing of everyone who makes their home with us are always our top priorities.

“We recently completed a review of the home that considered what support is needed to move forward positively for the future, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

“Our focus is on the need to operate in a sustainable and viable way, and we sadly concluded that the current challenges facing the sector mean we are unable to deliver the type of service we want to, and to build a bright future for the home.

“We have therefore made the very difficult decision to close Heathercroft Care Home.

“We know this will be upsetting for our residents and the local community, but we firmly believe this is the right course of action.

“We are committed to working with residents, their families and our local health and care partners to ensure a smooth transition period.

“Our goal is to make sure all residents find a suitable new home that meets their individual needs and where they will be happy.

“Our central team will also fully support colleagues throughout this process, and we will be engaging with them and their representatives over the coming weeks.”