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Work finally starts on ill-fated senior centre in Guía de Isora 

Long-awaited work to finish an old people’s home in Guía de Isora has finally started again.

The local council had to give the building to Tenerife Cabildo to complete the works after 20 years of waiting. The estimated time for the work is ten months and the centre will accommodate about 100 older dependents of the entire southern region.

The Mayor, Pedro Martín said: “This facility has been one of the most important demands of the municipal government team because it is a very necessary service for the elderly of Guía de Isora and also for the rest of the region.”

In 2015 half of the building was already built, when the State passed the law that prevents municipalities from investing in works such as a residence for the elderly. The council therefore agreed to hand over the management to the Cabildo.

“Given the lack of action by the Government of the Canary Islands, we were forced to invest in these facilities at the time, although it was not our responsibility. We need assistance services for people who live longer and whose families can not attend at home, ” said the Mayor,

The future senior centre will have 75 residential and 25 day care centers. Once the extension works are completed, the IASS will have to equip the centre and put it into operation in the following 12 months.

The centre, of about 1,200 square metres, will have four floors (two of them already built), double and single rooms and various multipurpose spaces (dining rooms, infirmary, playrooms and open patios). All the rooms have views to the west side of the island (with the sea in the background) and the main services, as well as one of the terraces, are focused towards the main entrance avenue to Guía de Isora.

The residence will have about 250 square metres to host events and a chapel. The architects in charge of the winning project of the contest are the brothers Lavín Della, of the Studio Lavin Architects.