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The latest updates on Covid-19 in Cobourg can be found on this special page here.

Northumberland County is responsible for Social Services in the County and this includes Long Term Care Homes. The home operated by the County is the Golden Plough located on County property at the northwest corner of Elgin and Burnham but it has reached end of life and does not meet current standards. Since renovating it to meet current requirements would be more expensive, even if it were possible, the County has embarked on a rebuild with a budget of $80M.  At 200,000 sq. ft., the new building will be double the size of the current lodge and will include 6000 sq. ft. devoted to an archive/museum facility which will relocate from their current space at the Library.  When the new building is complete, the current building will be demolished since it would be too expensive to re-purpose the building for (e.g.) low-cost housing.

The new building will have 180 beds compared to 151 currently.  Each unit will have a window to open space – some into interior courtyards.

There is an overview of the project at this Cobourg News Post

The Archives are included because the County has expanded its mandate for archives to include the entire County (not just Cobourg) and has outgrown the space at the Library.  The new facility will include “display and exhibition space to showcase a diverse range of County stories”.

Progress Report

The County has been providing progress reports with text and videos. Below is the latest information from the County (as of 23 November 2021).

Highlights from the first year of construction

As we approach the end of our first year of construction at the site of the new Golden Plough Lodge & Northumberland County Archives and Museum facility in Cobourg this December, we're taking a look back at the exciting progress made during the beginning stages of this project in 2021. The new facility will continue to take shape as construction progresses throughout 2022.

Reflecting on progress made in 2021

  • Over 1,300 geopiers (columns of uniformly graded and compacted stone) installed to strengthen the ground for construction
  • Deep sanitary sewer lines have been installed - some as deep as 8 metres!
  • Significant progress has also been made on the installation of other underground servicing, including:
    • 657 metres of storm sewer pipes installed to date
    • 513 metres of watermain pipes installed to date
    • 265 metres of sanitary pipes installed to date
  • Work continues on foundations, including basement foundations, foundation walls, and backfilling of foundations
  • Installations of electrical and communications connections are in progress
  • Preparation has begun for the ground floor transfer slab - a large concrete reinforced floor that will transfer load from the floors above to the ground. This process included one of the largest concrete pours at this construction site to date, which lasted for 11 straight hours! Several more concrete pours are planned to complete the transfer slab this winter.
  • Staff are also working with Salter Pilon Architecture to develop initial concepts for the interior design of the facility including wayfinding signage, colour palettes, artwork, imagery, and more

Where we are headed in 2022

This winter, work will begin on the above-ground structure, including structural steel and masonry work. The building will truly start to transform in summer 2022 as construction will begin on the exterior of the building including the exterior walls, roof, windows and doors.

Original schedule was completion in the summer of 2022 with demolition of the old building to happen in 2023. Current schedule is:

  • Residents move in – Fall/Winter 2022
  • NCAM collection relocated from C. Gordon King Centre - Fall/Winter 2022
  • Demolition of existing GPL – 2022-2023

Watch our recent progress

Here is a bird's-eye view of construction progress in August and September, 2021.

Simulation of Final Building

This is a virtual tour video which explores the concept design for the Golden Plough Lodge long-term care home portion of this project – that is, it does not include the Archive.

There is a little more detail at the County's web page.