Tag: Design & Build


Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Colne supported living scheme gets under way

Work has begun on a £1.6m supported living development in Colne, Lancashire.

Due for completion in Spring 2018, the three storey scheme will provide 11 apartments alongside communal areas and landscaped gardens specially designed for adults with a range of support needs.

New residents will receive a tenancy agreement and there is no limit to how long people can live there.

The development, a three-way partnership project between Making Space, a national charity and leading provider of health and social care services, specialist accommodation developer Homelife and health and social care landlord Inclusion Housing, is intended to enable adults with a range of support needs to live as independently as possible, with support from an on-site care team.


Work starts at Hallmark’s Banstead site

Posted on November 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Work starts at Hallmark’s Banstead site

Work has begun on the construction of a 77- bed care home in Banstead, Surrey which will leased by care provider, Hallmark Care Homes.

The new home, which will provide residential and dementia care is being built at a cost of £8m across a one acre site by contractor Lawrence Baker and will be the care group’s first lease deal.

When opened the home will provide a spacious, luxurious and sociable environment where family members are encouraged to spend time in the home with their loved ones, participating in activities.

Facilities will include; a cinema, hairdressing salon, therapy room and café. Each bedroom will have an en-suite bathroom and most of those on the ground floor will have access to their own patio.

Other communal areas will include an interactive kitchen where residents can assist in the preparation of meals and gardens designed by … Read More »


Call for all new care homes in England to have sprinkler systems

Posted on June 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Call for all new care homes in England to have sprinkler systems

In the wake of Grenfell towerblock fire, in which about 80 people died, care homes review website carehome.co.uk has called on the Government to make it mandatory for all new build and converted care homes in England to have sprinkler systems.

In Scotland and Wales, all new and converted care homes have to have sprinkler systems. However in England, there is no such legislation.

Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk, said the Grenfell Tower fire was an absolute tragedy which must serve as a wake-up call.

“As a sector, we support hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people,” said Mrs Ludlow.

“Many people in care homes have mobility, vision and hearing problems, with some of them bed-bound and evacuating them in the event of a fire is hugely challenging.

“This is why we want all new and converted care homes in England to have the same fire … Read More »


Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Posted on May 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased three care homes from LNT Care Developments.

he homes, which will be built in Pensby in Merseyside, Nantwich in Cheshire and Devizes in Wiltshire, are ‘turnkey’ properties, which means Sanctuary will take on ownership and management once they are built and fitted out. Their locations have been carefully selected to dovetail with the group’s existing care homes, which are managed by the group’s subsidiary Sanctuary Care.

Sanctuary Care runs 68 homes around the country,most of which are in the midlands and south, serving thousands of residents. The Pensby home will have 60 bedrooms and is due to open in January 2018, the Nantwich home, also 60 beds, is due to open in April 2018 and offering 66 bedrooms, the home in Devizes is due to open in July 2018.

The three new homes will be … Read More »


South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

Posted on August 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.

The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.

South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.

The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.

A separate entrance … Read More »


Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

Posted on July 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. Comments Off on Albion Ventures invests £16m in new care homes

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Funds managed by Albion Ventures, one of the biggest independent venture capital investors in the UK, have committed up to £16m for the development of two purpose-built residential care homes for elderly people.

The new facilities will be located in Cumnor Hill, Oxford and Hillingdon, Greater London and will cater for a total of 130 elderly residents, providing hotel style accommodation including a bistro, private dining room, library and spa.

Construction on both facilities will start in September and they are scheduled to open in the autumn of 2015. Berkley Care Group, which currently runs three luxury care homes, will operate the two new facilities.

Albion and Berkley have already established a partnership through owning and operating Bayfield Court, a 46-bed purpose-built facility in Chingford, Greater London. The new developments will build on the model established at Bayfield Court by providing … Read More »


Albany gets £48k grant to create a community garden

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

An Oxfordshire care home operated by Four Seasons Health Care is creating a community garden designed to unite all generations after being awarded a £48,000 Government-funded grant administered by Oxfordshire County Council.

Albany Care Home’s garden is designed so the elderly people living there will be able to enjoy the outdoors while watching their visiting grand-children play in a safe but exciting playground . The idea was developed after consultation with the residents and their relatives and the care home staff.

The imaginative concept appealed to a panel of assessors, including representatives from Oxfordshire County Council and the Alzheimer’s Society, after completing a questionnaire, interviews and home visits, Albany Care Home was chosen as one of 15 eligible care providers to receive a grant.

The grant originates from the Department of Health, and is part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s … Read More »


Quebec blaze prompts call for sprinklers

Posted on February 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, March 2014

Independent fire safety experts have called for all care homes in the UK to install sprinkler fire extinguishing systems in the wake of a recent fire in a Canadian care home.

At least five elderly people were killed after a fire destroyed an old people’s home in Quebec in January.

Safety Management (UK) (SMUK), which has been campaigning for laws to be introduced to make sprinkler systems compulsory in every high rise flat in the country, has now extended the campaign to care homes and says that those which don’t have sprinkler systems already installed should now look at retro-fitting them as a matter of urgency.

It is also urging care managers to immediately review their fire evacuation procedures in the wake of the fatal fire in Canada.

SMUK says that the danger is increased at night-time – when staffing levels … Read More »


Castleoak raises more than £100k for children’s hospice

Posted on January 27th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, February 2014

In a relentless two-year fundraising mission, care development and construction partner Castleoak has raised £100,582.54 for Welsh children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

The charity is using the donation to improve the facilities at its hospice near Cardiff. Alison Stallard, business and community fundraiser at Tŷ Hafan, said: “When we first heard of Castleoak’s pledge to raise £100,000 we were blown away. With the economy as it is, it is absolutely phenomenal – and unheard of – for a company with around 160 employees to not only set a goal like this, but to have the determination and commitment to achieve it.”

Castleoak’s head of HR, Andrew Duggan, explains: “Colleagues wanted the company to support the local and wider community more by raising funds for one main charity.

“At our annual conference in 2011 we therefore launched the two-year target for Tŷ … Read More »


Campaign for fire sprinkler sysyems extended to care homes in wake of blaze in Quebec

Posted on January 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times Extra, January 2014

Independent fire safety experts have called for all care homes in the UK to install sprinkler fire extinguishing systems in the wake of the Canadian blaze tragedy. At least five elderly Canadians were killed after a fire destroyed an old people’s home in Quebec in January.

Safety Management (UK) (SMUK), which has been campaigning for laws to be introduced to make sprinkler systems compulsory in every high rise flat in the country, has now extended the campaign to care homes and says that those which don’t have sprinkler systems already installed should now look at retro-fitting them as a matter of urgency.

It is also urging care managers to immediately review their fire evacuation procedures in the wake of the fatal fire in Canada. SMUK says that the danger is increased at night-time – when staffing levels are … Read More »



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