Extension & Refurbishment of Care Home

Together for Mental Wellbeing
Extension & Refurbishment of Care Home 

Project: Extension & Refurbishment of Care Home
Value: £630,000
Duration: 32 weeks
Client: Together for Mental Wellbeing
Completed: February 2016
This project required a brand new care home to be created in the coastal resort of Bexhill-on-Sea. The home was created for Together for Mental Wellness and will provide accommodation for up to 18 residents with severe and enduring mental health problems as well as complex needs.

The development involved the conversion of two existing three storey semi-detached houses to create a new care home facility with an additional single storey extension at the rear to connect the two properties.

The existing properties were stripped out and fully refurbished, including changes to the layout to accommodate the care homes operational needs. The property can now accommodate up to 18 residents, including the provision of a single bedsit with its own kitchen for those able to live more independently. In addition to the sleeping accommodation the new building provides a separate kitchen for residents wishing to prepare their own food and communal TV room in a quiet area of the house.

Along with the replacement of floors and ceilings, re-plastering and fitting all new doors and skirting, the building also required a full mechanical and electrical upgrade which was completed alongside the building works.

Two plant rooms were fitted to the property each fitted with two unvented hot water cylinders. The newly installed radiators throughout the property are heated via one condensing boiler which is fitted with a controller for weather-compensated and time dependent control of the heating and hot water generation.
During the project it was discovered that some of the foundations on the existing properties had been compromised, this required quite substantial additional works. The rear elevations of both existing properties had to be demolished and then reconstructed using structural steel columns onto concrete pad foundations to stabilise the structure and prevent future subsidence.

Despite this adding to the schedule of works, additional shifts were worked on site to reduce the impact of this problem on the overall time frame of the project.
The project was completed with a full decoration of the property, retaining and where possible highlighting the original Victorian period features of the buildings.

The care home was very quickly put into full use by the client and is now in full operation under its new title of Lawn Court Care Home.

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