Tag: Design & Build


Mel Knight passes the baton

Posted on April 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Mel Knight passes the baton

After more than 25 years at the helm of care sector construction specialist Castleoak, Mel Knight stepped down as executive chairman at the end of

March.

Over the past five years, the shareholders have led a succession plan to evolve the business from a shareholder-led business to one led by an independent management team.

The implementation of the succession plan is now complete, and Craig Currie, as chief executive, and his team have been leading the company for some time now.

Karen Rosser now steps up from non-executive director to non-executive chair. Karen has been part of the senior team since 2011, having joined Castleoak in a HR leadership role.

Mel, who remains a major shareholder in Castleoak, will now be pursue a range of other interests in the care and retirement living sector “Castleoak is well positioned for further success and growth, and importantly … Read More »


Stepnell building two care homes for Frontier

Posted on March 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Stepnell building two care homes for Frontier

Regional contractor Stepnell has been chosen by care home developer Frontier to build two care homes in Bedfordshire.

Each home will have 75 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as communal spaces for dining, relaxing and socialising. Each home will have its own cinema room and gym, a café, hair and beauty salon, guest accommodation and a children’s play area for visitors.

Stepnell’s team in Rugby has just started work on the two construction contracts in Flitwick and Stotfold – each worth £8m – designed by architects Harris Irwin Associates. Each home is set for completion in May 2019.

Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes said the two facilities would help answer the significant need for high-quality, care home accommodation in Bedfordshire.

“The company brings to these schemes significant specialist expertise in delivering care homes of the highest quality,” said Mr Haynes.

“We have extremely experienced … Read More »


Hammerson House redevelopment begins

Posted on January 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Hammerson House redevelopment begins

Work has begun on Nightingale Hammerson’s redevelopment of Hammerson House in North London.

The £36m redevelopment project will significantly increase the capacity of the home to 116 residents. Hammerson House sits at the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb, which provided inspiration for the new design, using the natural woodland setting and the proven therapeutic benefits of natural light, as part of a life-enhancing holistic care programme for the home’s residents.

The new Hammerson House will provide 116 new resident en-suite bedrooms, to meet a range of different care needs, from residential care to advanced dementia and nursing care. Bedrooms are located within six distinct ‘households’ to encourage independence and choice for every resident, and helping them to become fully integrated in Nightingale Hammerson life.


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

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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 »



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