GPL and NCAM Redevelopment Project

Rendering of Golden Plough Lodge and NCAM facilityBased in the Town of Cobourg, the Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) is the only municipally operated long-term care home in Northumberland. The GPL is firmly entrenched within the history and culture of the Northumberland community, having been in operation in some form for over 100 years. Over the course of its history, the GPL has provided quality, compassionate care to hundreds of local families.

In order to continue to best meet the needs of residents as well as current best practices in long-term care, a new 180-bed GPL will be built by December 2022. This new facility will be located adjacent to the existing facility on County-owned land.

An innovative addition to this project will be the integration of the Northumberland County Archives & Museum (NCAM) into the redevelopment of the GPL. The new cultural heritage facility will include an expanded reading room for public research, space for exhibitions and public programs, a climate controlled collection storage room and a dedicated processing and conservation lab. All will be welcome to visit, research, and explore the rich stories that Northumberland County has to tell!

Our commitment to sustainability

We are focused on ensuring that the new GPL offers a positive and healthy experience for our residents, visitors and employees.

Emphasis will be on energy efficiency and the reduction and mitigation of potential environmental impacts of the new building. Therefore, we are pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for the new home. This program is run by a national, not-for-profit organization called Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Take a virtual tour

Watch our virtual tour video to explore the concept design for the Golden Plough Lodge long-term care home portion of this project (NCAM design under development).

Project to date

In 2016, the County retained D.M. Wills Limited and Piccini Architect to complete the necessary background studies and prepare a Pre-Design Brief, which included a Conceptual Design. In 2017, County Council endorsed the Pre-Design Brief and Conceptual Design, and directed us to proceed with the project.

In April 2018, we awarded Salter Pilon Architecture the architectural and engineering services contract to complete the design. Initial drawings will be presented to County Council in the winter of 2019 with the final architectural design of the building finalized in the summer of 2020.

The tender for this project was awarded in the fall of 2020, and on December 14, 2020, the County broke ground on the new Golden Plough Lodge & Northumberland County Archives and Museum facility, with construction now underway. 

Phases of this project include:

Phase 1

  • Pre-design – Complete
  • Design of the new GPL and NCAM – Complete
  • Construction of the new GPL and NCAM – 2020-2022 - Underway
  • Residents move in – Fall/Winter 2022
  • NCAM collection relocated from C. Gordon King Centre - Fall/Winter 2022

Phase 2

  • Demolition of existing GPL – 2022-2023

Phase 3

  • Site works completion – Summer 2023

Project updates

Construction updates

Please note Courthouse Road in Cobourg is closed to through traffic indefinitely to accommodate construction of the new GPL & NCAM facility.
Please remember: Construction sites can be dangerous without proper safety equipment and training. Please do not proceed beyond the construction fence in place.
Access to Northumberland County Headquarters (555 Courthouse Road), Halcyon Place and the existing Golden Plough Lodge will be open through the east leg of Courthouse Road. Access to the Church on the Hill, will be available through the west leg of Courthouse Road.

View our one-minute construction update video as of August 2021:

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This project has been made possible in part by the Province of Ontario.

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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

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