A replacement Cooperscroft Care Home will allow TLC Group to bring ‘Truth, Love and Compassion’ to Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
Whilst the existing care home was designed to provide residential care, the new facility will be split between residential, nursing and dementia care.
The £4.3 million project began in July 2011 and was originally scheduled for completion in July 2012, however early design issues have pushed the completion date back to September. Main contractor for the project is Castleoak Care and the architect is Carless & Adams Partnership.
Covering four storeys, the 60-bed care home is a traditional build that has incorporated precast concrete, asphalt block to the lower floors and a brick-built finish to the upper floors. The development has also been built to BREEAM ‘Good’ standard as part of the planning conditions.
With regards to the interior design, a country house theme has been selected in order to give the property a warm and homely feel. There are fireplaces in the communal areas, whilst the furniture and furnishes have been designed to be comfortable and unimposing.
In addition to spacious rooms for the residents, the development features a large communal living room, a hairdressers and a bar and coffee shop in the reception area. There is also a cinema and a bespoke gym/activities room, along with a clinical room in the basement.
Onsite staff accommodation has also been provided in order to attract a high-calibre of staff.
One of the most striking aspects of the development is the garden, which has been specifically designed for dementia sufferers. Innovative features include the mapping of the garden and circular routes, which will ultimately facilitate the safe return of the residents. In addition, there is a dedicated garden area and a large pond that overlooks the fields and the surrounding countryside.
Nick Watson, Development Manager of TLC Group, said:
“This has been a particularly interesting project as we have really increased the specification of the work undertaken. It is the first project we have done with Castleoak so we are benefitting from the wealth of knowledge that they have.
“We are very pleased with the quality of the work that has been carried out so far and are looking forward to delivering this important project to the community.”
TLC Group was formed in 2007 in order to operate high-quality services within the care and hospital field. Their ethos – Truth, Love and Compassion – enables the company to proactively drive their business in a direction that allows them to provide excellent customer service and make a difference.
TLC Group currently owns and operates six care facilities in London and Cambridge along with a branded limited service hotel in Stratford, East London. In addition to the operational arm of TLC Group, the business is also involved with a number of developments throughout South East England.
The company is also able to offer a range of management contract services and has a proven track record in development management, operational management and personnel management.
TLC Group is managed by a dynamic team of individuals with extensive management experience in the care, hospitality and construction industries.