Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Mendip House

The demolition of “Mendip House” began on      19th September 2016

The former residential home located at the top of the incline leading from West Lane on the Waldridge Road is to be replaced with and a block containing 20 apartments and 13 two bedroom homes.


Proposed House Types 2 Access Roads Proposed External Finishes Proposed House Types 1

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direct from County Durham Planning Office

Mendip House was a long established care home for older people, provided by Durham County Council. It provided 28 care beds, all in single rooms, but none with en-suite facilities.

The two-storey building had generous communal space lounges and dining areas and was generally well equipped for the assessed needs of its service users. Externally, there was a garden plus car parking spaces. In 2004, the care home developed an intermediate care unit for 8 people with physical disabilities over the age of 55 years. Its purpose was the rehabilitation of service users who were admitted for short stays so that an intensive rehabilitation programme could be applied. The remaining 20 beds were for either permanent or respite care.

The fees charged covered all accommodation, meals and personal care. Hairdressing, toiletries, newspapers, plus services from private opticians, dentists and chiropodists were not included in the fees. The actual amount people paid depended upon their individual circumstances.

In June 2013 there were 11 permanent full-time members of staff and 24 permanent part-time members of staff.  In addition there was one temporary part-time member of staff employed for longer than a year and one temporary part-time member of staff employed for less than a year.  Ages for all staff ranged between 29 and 62.  

Mendip House boarded up prior to demolition.

Demolition well underway

Demolition completed