Sir Thomas Lipton Residential Home in Southgate forced out of business by cost of maintaining Victorian property

A care home has been forced to make the “difficult” decision to close after struggling to keep up with costs.

Sir Thomas Lipton Residential Home, in Chase Side, Southgate, released a statement today saying it would shut in August.

It said the home has been running at a loss due to the costs of maintaining the Victorian property to the standards required for a residential home.

Over the next few weeks, families of those living in the homes will be contacted to find suitable living arrangements for residents.

Chris Poole, director of operations at Friends of the Elderly, said: “This has been a difficult decision for us.

“The costs associated with upgrading the home make it impossible for us to operate it effectively and bring it up to the efficient standards of larger, more modern homes.

“It is no longer fit for purpose. We will also be working closely with the local adult social care teams to ensure residents are supported in a careful and dignified way and the home will not be closed until the final resident is re-housed appropriately.

“The needs and wellbeing of all existing residents are paramount. We do believe that there are more modern and user-friendly facilities in the area which better serve their needs.”

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12:17pm Tue 13 May 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

"Friends of the Elderly" have been maintaining the home for 5 years. The vision of the previous Trustees was to demolish the smaller "cottages" to the north west, known as Shamrock , and invest in a new Residential Home. Looking up the Planning List for LBBarnet does not show any proposed applications for site development later than B/01032/09 dated 24th March 2009
"Friends of the Elderly" have been maintaining the home for 5 years. The vision of the previous Trustees was to demolish the smaller "cottages" to the north west, known as Shamrock , and invest in a new Residential Home. Looking up the Planning List for LBBarnet does not show any proposed applications for site development later than B/01032/09 dated 24th March 2009 dons24pelliparclose
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12:21pm Tue 13 May 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

Those interested in the building known as Osidge, 151 Chase Side N14 5HE should be aware that it was first listed in July 1982 Grade II listed by English Heritage as being Early C19. Three storeys, 5 windows, yellow brick with stucco architraves, quoins, etc. Similar to Gladsmuir House on Hadley Common, Hadley Wood Road. The house of Sir Thomas Lipton during his "Shamrock" days (America's cup racer). English Heritage Entry 1294718
Those interested in the building known as Osidge, 151 Chase Side N14 5HE should be aware that it was first listed in July 1982 Grade II listed by English Heritage as being Early C19. Three storeys, 5 windows, yellow brick with stucco architraves, quoins, etc. Similar to Gladsmuir House on Hadley Common, Hadley Wood Road. The house of Sir Thomas Lipton during his "Shamrock" days (America's cup racer). English Heritage Entry 1294718 dons24pelliparclose
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