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Project News CELEBRATIONS AS MULTI-MILLION CARE HOME NEARS COMPLETION IN BRISTOL A NEW purpose-built care home and reablement service development in Cadbury Heath, Bristol is one step closer to completion after contractor Stepnell hosted a topping out ceremony earlier this week.


ward-winning construction company Stepnell - which opened its Bristol office in October last year - was awarded the £8.5 million scheme by care specialists Brackley Investments and started on site in April 2018. The topping out ceremony, which traditionally signifies the structure has reached its maximum height, was attended by representatives from Stepnell, Bristol based charity Brunelcare and Cadbury Heath Healthcare. James Harris, Stepnell project manager, said: “We are really excited to reach this significant milestone in the delivery of this much-needed care scheme, providing high-standard care facilities to support the specialist needs of elderly people in the South Gloucestershire community. “Health and Care is one of the key sectors for Stepnell and we have a long history of successfully delivering a number of professional care projects across the country. Our team of specialists bring a unique perspective to the pre-construction process to ensure that each development is completed to the highest standard, with key details in mind to meet the resident’s needs. We’re really looking forward to seeing the end result once the development is fully completed.” Located at Earlstone Crescent, the 64-bed care home - named Little Heath Care Home and Reablement Centre - will also have a 24-bedroom rehabilitation facility, which will offer separate accommodation and posthospital support for people in need of temporary step-down care before returning home.

The fully accessible rehabilitation facility will include a gym, shared lounge and dining facilities, as well as a kitchen to help residents regain confidence and independence. Due to complete in early 2020, the two and three storey development will be operated by Bristol housing and care provider Brunelcare and will replace the former Heath Resources Centre and the former South Gloucestershire Council Newton House Care Home on the site. Kevin Fairman, CEO for Brunelcare, said: “It is exciting to see the development reach this milestone. Opening Little Heath means Brunelcare will be able to increase the number of care home places it currently provides, along with expanding our already very successful reablement service, supporting people returning home from hospital. This development will also provide over 100 new jobs, for both our existing employees and new recruits, in order to run this new service.” The new centre, designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects, has been built to provide the best practice in care, giving residents a secure and safe environment that can support specific individual care needs, including people living with dementia. The development features separate garden spaces, including fruit and vegetable beds, sensory spaces with tactile, scented and intelligent planting schemes which residents can use and enjoy, as well as photovoltaic solar panels on the roof. Shared community amenities, including communal lounges, a hair and beauty salon, function room and shop also feature as part of the facility.

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN WINS NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT FOR GLASSHOUSE RESTORATION PROJECT Chelsea Physic Garden is delighted to announce it has received initial support and development funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Chelsea Physic Garden Glasshouses Restoration project.


ade possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to repair and preserve the iconic glass structures within the Garden for at least the next fifty years. Development funding of £172,500 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Chelsea Physic Garden progress its plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £680,000 at a later date. The funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will contribute towards this extensive restoration project. Today whilst the glasshouses are home to a range of rare and sub-tropical species, the structures are fragile and in need of significant repair and conservation to restore them to their former glory thus saving them for future generations to enjoy. When restored, the glasshouses will provide a much better growing environment for the important and diverse collection of plants. The work will include improvements to the paths and glasshouses to make them more accessible for visitors with disabilities. This will enable the Garden’s team to hold activities and workshops for a wide variety of people so they can discover and experience the history and contemporary relevance of the glasshouses plants. A programme of open days and events for local communities and schools will highlight plants from the many cultural backgrounds represented in London and in the Garden’s collections. The first known heated glasshouse in the UK was erected at Chelsea Physic Garden in 1683. This ‘stove house’ as it was known) is thought to have been the first of its kind in Europe. It was heated using pioneering technology of the period which enabled the gardeners to control the heating and venting to nurture new tender species such as melon and pineapple that had never before been propagated in the UK. The present glasshouses date back to the late Victorian period and are the most complete range of teak and iron houses in the country. Erected in 1902, these buildings house some of the world’s rarest sub-tropical species together with ferns, succulents and carnivorous plants. Many of these 1200 plants are historically important and some endangered in their natural habitat. Despite being damaged in the 1941 Blitz, these modest but elegant cast iron structures have survived to become an iconic feature within the peaceful surroundings of the historic botanic garden.

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Refurb Renovation News Issue 38  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...

Refurb Renovation News Issue 38  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...