Stepnell progresses two care home schemes in the Midlands worth £11m

Stepnell has started work on site at two multi-million-pound care facilities in the Midlands, after being awarded the contracts to deliver both high-end developments earlier this year.

Work is now progressing on site at £6.5m The Gables Care Home on Bennett Drive in Birmingham and a £4.3m refurbishment project at the Town Thorns Care Home in Rugby.

Located in Hagley, Stepnell is delivering The Gables development for luxury care home provider and repeat client the Cinnamon Care Collection, which has been recognised as a top 20 recommended care home group for the past four years by independent care home review website

Consisting of a three-storey 57 bed care home, including four luxury care suites for couples or those seeking more space, the facility will offer expert dementia and residential care, as well as a choice of two restaurants, a café and a hair, nail and beauty salon for its residents

Each floor will feature elegant dining areas as well as comfortable lounges, large terrace areas on the first two floors and a cinema room on the second floor. Outside, landscaped gardens and parking will also be included.

Due to be completed in August 2022 and designed by Harris Irwin Architects, the development will be finished to the high specification that is characteristic of a Cinnamon Care Collection development.

Ken Mackenzie, development director from the Cinnamon Care Collection commented:

“We are delighted to be working with the team at Stepnell on a prestigious development in the Midlands which promises to be yet another jewel in the Cinnamon crown.”

Adrian Barnes, regional director at Stepnell said:

“This is a fantastic project to be a part of and we are thrilled to be on site at Bennett Drive. As with all Cinnamon Care Collection developments, once complete it will provide state-of-the-art accommodation with luxury amenities for older people. We are really proud to be working with one of the Top 20 recommended care home groups in the country on our fourth project, and we are looking forward to producing a high-end result that will really add to our portfolio of luxury care facilities.”

Stepnell’s Midlands team has also started on site for the long-awaited refurbishment project to the existing Town Thorns Care Home in the village of Easenhall. The purpose built residential, nursing, dementia and respite care centre – originally built in the 1990s – is being renovated over four phases and will take place in a live environment.

Adrian added:

“It is great to also be on site at Town Thorns Care Home that will provide much-needed high-quality residential care accommodation for the area.

Although working in a live environment will present a number of challenges, the team is highly experienced in negotiating live sites and has put special measures in place to ensure the safety of employees, residents and the local community is maintained while we are on site. Areas are being decanted to allow works to be taken over several phases, with disruption and disturbance to the ongoing operation being kept to as minimal level as possible.”

The refurbishment works at Town Thorns are being delivered for Ben, the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, but which also provides flexible, continuing care and support for those in later life.

Due to complete in December 2022, the refurbishment project will create an additional 44 en-suite rooms, a roof terrace garden, and replacement of mechanical and engineering (M&E) installations. The project, designed by KWL Architects will also see minor remodelling of various communal areas, external landscaping works, roofing and window repairs. A new shop, bistro area, hair salon and a multifunctional hall space will also all be created.

Stephen Robinson, Care Services Director at Ben, said:

“Ben is delighted to be starting the works at Town Thorns with Stepnells. This will modernise our care home for our current and future residents. The work will make a significant change to the home, allowing access to external gardens from the first floor, as well as spacious modern rooms and facilities that will continue to support the level of care our team and residents have come to expect at Town Thorns.”


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