Little Heath care home complex under way

June 29 2018

CONSTRUCTION has started on a £8.5 million care home and reablement centre in Cadbury Heath, paving the way for more than 100 new jobs.

Local charity and care and housing provider Brunelcare attended the ground breaking ceremony for the development of the new 64-bed care home and 24-bed reablement service, which will be named 'Little Heath'.

Brunelcare was joined by Brackley Investments and construction firm Stepnell for the ceremony.  

Brackley Investments will develop the buildings to Brunelcare’s specification, which the charity will then lease from them on a 25-year term. 

Stepnell was awarded the £8.5 million scheme by Brackley Investments, who specialise in care home developments.

Construction is now underway and it is hoped that Little Heath will be up and running by early 2020, replacing the former Heath Resources Centre and the former South Gloucestershire Council Newton House care home on the site.

Planning permission for the development was granted by the council on April 3 this year.

Kevin Fairman, CEO Brunelcare, said: "This is excellent news in that we will be able to increase the number of care home places Brunelcare currently provides for people in the South West region by 20 per cent, along with expanding our already successful reablement service, supporting people returning home from hospital. The versatility of this building will enable us to offer a variety of care and support needs to meet the changing requirements of care provision going forward. This development will also provide over 100 new job opportunities, for both our existing employees and new recruits, when we recruit to run this new service."

Jeff Moore, principal director of Brackley Investments, said: "We anticipate handover to Brunelcare will take place during the first quarter of 2020, following completion and fit out."

James Harris, Stepnell project manager for the development said: "We are proud to be playing a part in the delivery of this much-needed care scheme which will provide exceptionally well-designed high-quality care facilities for the wider South Gloucestershire community. Stepnell has extensive experience in delivering this type of specialist care accommodation across the country and we’re looking forward to seeing this important project progress over the next 18 months."

Designed and built to support the specialist needs of elderly people and people living with dementia, Little Heath care home will provide 64-ensuite bedrooms, dining and servery areas, as well as shared community amenities including communal lounges, a hair and beauty salon, function room and shop, plus fitness and gym facilities. 

The scheme’s connecting Reablement Centre will offer separate accommodation and rehabilitation services for people leaving hospital in need of temporary step-down care before returning home. This facility will provide a further 24-ensuite bedrooms, a rehabilitation gym, shared lounge and dining facilities, and a kitchen to help residents regain their confidence and independence. 

Roberts Limbrick Architects have designed the new centre to create a familiar and secure living environment for residents. The fully accessible scheme is being built to provide the best practice in care, giving residents a secure home-style environment that can still support specific individual care needs and which can help people live more independently. 

Externally, the scheme will incorporate separate and secure garden spaces, including fruit and vegetable beds, sensory spaces with tactile, scented and intelligent planting schemes which residents can use and enjoy.