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Woman in her 50s unable to care for herself must remain in nursing home

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The HSE has told the High Court it has been unable to secure an appropriate care placement, other than a nursing home, for a woman in her fifties who is severely physically disabled as a result of a progressive disorder.

The woman has been in a nursing home for some five years following a crisis hospital admission said to have arisen from her inability to safely care for herself at home where she lived alone in conditions described as “very poor”.

The nursing home is considered unsuitable for reasons including her unhappiness that most of the residents are considerably older than her and many have dementia.

She wants to return home but medical evidence before the court, including an independent report obtained on her own behalf, said she requires 24 hour care and lacks the capacity to safely care for herself, even with home and family supports.

Katherine Kelleher, solicitor for the HSE, told the court on Thursday it has tried to find a more suitable placement but with no success, with the effect the woman will have to stay in the nursing home for now.

The woman had consented to be assessed for a particular unit which would be more suitable but that unit recently concluded, for “very cogent” reasons, she was unsuitable for a placement there.

Other units which had been suggested were not appropriate for her needs, the court was told. Some were for respite and do not operate all year round, Ms Kelleher said.

When the woman’s court appointed guardian queried whether the door was “fully closed” by the unit which had considered her unsuitable, Ms Kelleher said she did not want to “raise false hope” and reiterated that the unit considers the woman is unsuitable.

There are other younger people living in nursing homes and the woman’s problem is that she is completely dependent with “huge” care needs which would be very hard to meet in any setting other than a nursing home, Ms Kelleher said.

She asked the court to fix a date for an inquiry into whether the woman, who had indicated she objected to being made a ward of court after that was proposed by the HSE last March, should be taken into wardship.

High Court president Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the situation was “very unfortunate” but the court would have to proceed next month with the wardship inquiry.

In light of the woman’s objection, an independent medical report was obtained on her behalf to assess her capacity. That report, and another from an independent medical visitor who assessed her capacity for the wardship proceedings, both concluded she lacks capacity to make appropriate decisions about her welfare.

One doctor considered the woman would do better in a nursing home with a younger age cohort.

The woman’s guardian told the judge on Thursday she would explain the updated situation to the woman and see if she still wished to lodge a formal objection to wardship.

The guardian said the woman had voluntarily agreed to be assessed for an alternative placement in a particular unit which was a “huge movement of mind for her” as she previously objected to engaging with that unit at any level.

The unit’s decision she was unsuitable would be “very difficult news” for her. The nursing home is doing its best for the woman but is “not an ideal solution at all” and finding an appropriate placement would be very difficult, the guardian added.

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IHG to open new hotel in Brussels (BE)

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IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announced the signing of voco Brussels City North, marking entry into a new market. Due to open in autumn 2023, the 92-key voco Brussels City North property will be operated by Prem Group, a strong partner for IHG in the region. The state-of-the-art hotel will feature a restaurant and conference centre and will adjoin the Innovation Centre, which is already open on the site, to create a hub for hospitality innovation and a truly stimulating environment.

 

Located to the north of the city, the hotel will feature a striking 50-metre tower with huge glass windows providing panoramic views of the Brussels skyline. The site itself will be Europe’s largest experimental lab for creating ideas and a vision for the future. In line with voco hotels ethos, voco Brussels City North will stand out from the crowd and give guests a different choice.

 

Willemijn Geels, VP Development Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we are partnering with Living Tomorrow to bring voco hotels to Belgium. We know that Brussels is a strong market for branded properties, and we are confident that the voco hotels’ brand will fit well with the goal of creating a truly innovative hub on this unique site.”

 

Yin Oei, CEO, Living Tomorrow, said: “Living Tomorrow is focused on driving the future and we’re excited to partner with IHG to develop this exciting hotel – the first voco in Belgium. The values of voco hotels fit well with our desire to innovate and push boundaries and we know that the strength of the IHG systems will provide a stable platform from which to innovate.”

 

 

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Mitheridge and London Green unveil plans for Lambeth mix-use scheme (GB)

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Mitheridge Capital Management and London Green have unveiled plans for a residential-led, mixed-use development in Lambeth, south London. The project will make use of a former industrial site in Loughborough Junction, Lambeth, while also protecting the adjacent intersecting Victorian railway viaducts which remain a rich heritage asset.

 

Managing Partner of Mitheridge William Yerburgh said: “London desperately needs more homes. We believe strongly in an approach to housing provision that is affordable but also enhances the character and vibrancy of local communities. Our partnership with London Green will show that new housing provision can deliver for everyone.”

 

Daniel Rastegar, Investment Director at Mitheridge commented: “We are excited to work with London Green to deliver a scheme that will contribute positively to this area of Lambeth, both by providing highly sustainable, high-quality homes as well as new industrial space for SMEs.”

 

Harry Green, Director at London Green added: “This represents yet another opportunity to develop an underutilised site into a mixed community of sustainable homes and workplaces. We look forward to working with best-in-class consultants and contractors to deliver the vision that we share with Mitheridge Capital Management”.

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IIProp grows its presence in Spain

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IIProp (International Industrial Properties) has successfully delivered the initial phase of its built-to-suit project in the Spanish city of Murcia. The joint venture has also launched a new development project at a prime location in Nadarzyn, Warsaw South, Poland. The scheme is located in Murcia’s San Andres industrial park and offers 22,346m². The project is set to add another building of over 23,000m², bringing the total development area to 46,600m² GLA. Construction of a 23,000m² follow-on component is under way and scheduled for completion in January 2023. The project marks an important milestone for the IIProp’s expansion in Spain, where the platform has secured pipeline for development of some 63,000m² GLA in the Murcia and Barcelona regions. The development comes with excellent connectivity and visibility as it sits alongside the A7 highway, part of the Mediterranean transit corridor that links Spanish and Portuguese ports with mainland Europe. The project is set to obtain “Very Good” BREEAM certificate, which will be supported by green solutions such as solar panels, charging stations for electric cars, power sockets for electric bicycles and scooters as well as bicycle parking space and a bee shelter.

 

Nebil Senman, Managing Partner at Griffin Capital Partners, said: “The logistics market in Europe experienced an unprecedented growth during the pandemic and despite the geopolitical turmoil the tenant demand remains strong. We selectively are developing projects in Murcia and Warsaw with highest ESG standards and securing highest tenant covenants to fulfill core investor’s requirements. We plan to continue to build up carefully our European logistics footprint by selectively adding projects in core European markets as well as through converting our well-positioned land bank into standing assets.”

 

Maciej Dyjas, Managing Partner at Griffin Capital Partners, commented: “The projects in Murcia and Warsaw are another success stories in our strategic partnership with Panattoni. We continue to screen new European markets for entry and already begun working on potential development projects in countries like France, Italy, and Austria. In parallel, the IIProp’s pipeline stands at ca. 430,000m² GLA, despite latest disposals completed in Germany.

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