• Contract value: £8,700,000
  • Contract duration: 86 weeks
  • Architect: DWA Architects Limited
  • Form of contract: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011 Edition


The project involved the remediation and clearance of a previously occupied site, and the construction of a new 76 bed care home facility together with associated circulation areas, car parking, footpaths, drainage, landscaping.

The care home was constructed using a traditional load bearing masonry method. External materials include a variety of brick, reconstituted face stone, reconstituted rubble face stone and brick band quoin relief work.

Works included new boundary walls between adjoining properties, construction of a 4m deep basement constructed of waterproof concrete including temporary works, sheet piling, de-watering and ground stabilisation below the care home with back of house kitchen, laundry and staff facilities, pumped drainage, sprinkler and bathrooms.

Key Project Stats

£ raised for charity by Site Manager head shave
% diversion of waste from landfill
m3 waterproof concrete for the basement

Challenges & solutions:

  • Technical coordination of mechanical, electrical services through the structure integrated between the steel frame was challenging. Collaborative planning meetings were held between designers and subcontractors (design team and specialist meetings) including overlay drawings and ceiling void plans/structural implications.
  • Supporting the first-floor terrace/balcony had its challenges. Again, regular early design team meetings were held to redesign the balcony to have external steel frame connected to main building/thermal brake joints and integral structural posts supporting glazed balcony.
  • The customers instruction to revise finishes schedule and mechanical/electrical specification meant redesign of key essential services whilst the works were in progress. Collective involvement from design team and subcontractors to minimise delay/disruption/abortive work resulted in contract completed as per the programme.
  • Accessibility to the site was very confined; programme planning, delivery scheduling, crane lifting and operations had to be meticulously planned.
  • The site had restricted access; mobile and tower cranes were used in tandem and on separate occasions to allow us to distribute materials to inaccessible areas.

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