Stepnell starts work on significant care scheme in Poole
Regional construction specialist Stepnell, which has offices in Poole, has started work on Figbury Lodge, a significant care home scheme with nursing and dementia care at Mitchell Road in Poole.
The smart new two-storey care facility – which Stepnell is building for Borough of Poole – has been carefully planned by design, engineering and project management consultancies Atkins Global to create a safe and calming caring living environment for local people.
When completed in early 2019, the new building will provide 80 resident suites – each equipped with a bedroom, dressing and living area, plus ensuite bathrooms – as well as staff offices, changing areas and welfare facilities in the main entrance. The new suites will be grouped into close knit ‘household clusters’ with associated communal living and dining spaces to create a sense of familiarity and family living for the new residents.
Larger multi-purpose communal spaces will also be built on the ground and first floors for school and community engagement projects. The external envelope of the building will feature pitched roofs and chimneys to create a residential feeling, reducing anxiety and apprehension for prospective residents.
Built on the site of a former 50-bed care home which was demolished in 2015, the new energy-efficient facility has been designed to achieve a Very Good BREEAM rating and will feature photo voltaic solar panels across the roof.
“Our construction team has extensive experience in delivering high-quality care homes like Figbury Lodge which once complete, will provide much-needed specialist care facilities for local people in Poole,” says regional director Rob Speirs. “We’re delighted to be working with the Council on this important scheme for the community we look forward to seeing this smart new development take shape.”
Figbury Lodge is being built following a Needs Assessment report completed by the Council in 2008 and updated in 2011 which highlighted a clear shortage of suitable care provision in the Borough for people suffering with dementia. The Poole Core Strategy anticipates that by 2026 Poole will need an excess of 700 additional bed spaces in nursing homes.
Councillor Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for adult social care at Borough of Poole, says:
“We are delighted to see work begin on Figbury Lodge. There is a great need for affordable care homes within Poole, and Figbury Lodge will be a vital and rewarding asset which provide much needed care for vulnerable members of our community.”
Image Left to right: Rob Speirs, Stepnell regional director; Phil Hornsby, head of commissioning & improvement people services, Borough of Poole and Councillor and Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for health and social care and housing, Borough of Poole.