Woodlands Care Group have added a second specialist Dementia care home to its portfolio, in the form of Woodlands Group Care Home, in Westhoughton, Bolton.
On behalf of Woodlands Care Group, Hearle Homes have constructed a 55 bed specialist dementia care home over a four month period.
Premier Construction caught up with Mike Critchley, Construction Director at Hearle Homes, to find out more about the care home, which officially opened in July this year. Mike commented:
“This is the first care home that Hearle Homes has constructed as we are predominantly a residential home builder. This came about because our Director and Owner is also one of the Directors at Woodlands Care Group so we have joined forces.
“I have travelled the UK researching the best care homes to understand what works and doesn’t work, studying the methods of construction and materials used, as well as looking at the general wear and tear of building. I liaised with the staff at various care homes then worked with Michael Beech from BPB Architects for 12 months to design this structure, taking the best ideas we had seen and eliminating the bad ideas.”
Works began on site in April this year on the car park of the former Red Lion Pub; the pub is being converted into 17 assisted care flats as part of a different project. The 26,000 square foot care home spans two storeys and involved a traditional build process, as well as the installation of a 92 square metre underground attenuation tank, the diversion of a critical sewer, and the reduction of the land on site by 90 millimetres.
When works began on site the team laid a traditional foundation and a block and beam floor on the ground and first floors. The care home has also been fitted with air conditioning to make residents comfortable in the summer months and each bedroom has self operated underground heating.
A specialist Ventaxia natural air ventilation system has been installed at Woodlands to keep natural air flowing through the building. The home is also fully equipped with CCTV, a state of the art access control system, the latest nurse call system and Cool Care 3 software which enables staff to check on residents via interactive TV’s in bedrooms and public areas.
Solid oak fittings, doors and architraves throughout the communal areas have been added to the space to add a classic, modern feel to the care, as well as to reduce necessary maintenance works required in the future.
The team opted to fit the each of the en-suite bathrooms with hygienic wall tiles in order to keep cleanliness to a maximum, as well as make it presentable.
“There have been no major difficulties during the scheme as it was a traditional build. It was a challenge for the company to adapt from acting as a residential house builder to working in the care home sector. However in spite of this all of the build principles remained the same, it was just the quantities that changed and everything needed scaling up.”