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And all of a sudden it is May!! Time is flying but luckily so is Copelands with the building progressing well. The internal walls on the ground floor are almost complete, while works have progressed to the first floor. The concrete floor slabs are being craned into place so that the construction of the first floor walls can commence. These walls will make up the two nursing households and the remaining residential and activity spaces.

Work is continuing apace with the superstructure growing daily.  It is now possible to see the clear outline of the building and its internal layout.  The ground floor walls are nearly complete with the full quota of rooms and leisure spaces accounted for and it is so exciting to see such tangible evidence of what we can expect upon completion.  Work has already started on the second floor. 

The site is progressing well. The stone wall at the road has been removed to improve visibility displays and the new entrance and temporary service entrance have been formed.
The building substructures have now been completed and work on the superstructure is underway with the exterior and internal wall structure progressing well. The preceded outer skin is a brick plinth which will be a finished detail then continued in traditional block to facilitate the chosen render.

The construction is on time to date.

The Cornerstone of Copelands Dementia, Nursing and Residential Care home has been laid at a formal ceremony which took place at the site. The ceremony, which was led by Rev Billy Davison, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and Rev David Campton, Superintendent of Belfast Central Mission (BCM), took place during a welcome break in the wet and windy weather. 

The cut has been completed, the site foundations are marked and the foundations are just underway.

It's an exciting time! The foundations are being excavated and the first concrete has been poured. Lime is being used to mark the boundaries (looks similar to the lines of a boundary on a pitch e.g. Rugby / Football.)  It's beginning to show the shape of Copelands. 


The 1st stage of the tree removal has been completed.

The site clearance has progressed and finished floor levels have been set and agreed. The finished sub floor level is now a temporary benchmark onsite. This now being visible, in conjunction with the laser level, gives a great sense of the preliminary works that will not be seen when fully constructed and landscaped, but what is required to make our construction happen. Having the sub floor height now allows the final accurate excavation works to be completed. 

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Hugh J O'Boyle construction are on site and progressing with the ground works, which is the main scope of the work at present. They are concentrating on finalising the site compound. Temporary connections to water and foul drainage have been made and a temporary road is being created for the use of the construction team only. Some trees guards are insitu as per the Tree Preservation Orders specifications.  Mechanical and electrical engineers have also been onsite to finalise the proposed connections for services - Gas, electricity, water and drainage.

The first sod has been dug at the Copelands site!  Representatives from BCM and the construction company Hugh J O’Boyle gathered at the former Childhaven site last week to set things in motion.  It is anticipated that Copelands will open early 2020.

Our latest Dementia Friends Training will take place on Tuesday 28th August 2018. Please find details below:


Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Place: Kirk House, 110 Kings Road, BT5 7BX


Dementia Friends Training is a two hour course designed to help people understand what dementia is and how they can support and communicate with someone living with dementia.

The training is free of charge but if you plan to come, please phone (028) 9040 2938.

Group Photo

On Sunday 24th June 2018, Donaghadee Young Farmers Club took part in a 10K Sponsored Walk for Copelands, Dementia, Nursing and Residential Care Home. Hayley-Rae Hopkins, Club Secretary, shares their experience: