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An innovative and sustainably designed new four storey 65 bed elderly care home and adjacent apartment block incorporating 17 extra care apartments, is nearing completion on a site at Fishponds in Bristol for Bristol Care Homes.

The £6.4 million development, known as Quarry House (care home) and Quarry Court (apartments) is attracting considerable interest, with half of the resident places already taken ahead of completion.

Main Contractors are Jones Building Group; Architects are Quattro Design Architects.

Chairman and owner of Bristol Care Homes Geoff Crocker said: “The new development is brilliant – the architects have designed a beautiful building and the contractor’s work has been of an excellent quality.”

Most of the one-acre site of the development at Adelaide Place, was formerly a quarry, although it was also used as a scrapyard between 1974 and 2006. Its northern boundary included a steep rock face that has been partially stabilised.

The scheme, constructed with brick external elevations, uPVC windows and a combination of pitched and flat roofing, has been designed to re-create the look of a town house.

The two distinct buildings are linked together via a bridge at second floor level, maximising accessibility across the site and connecting residents with the landscape.

All of the en suite bedrooms within the care home are fully furnished, decorated and carpeted and include sitting areas. The building also incorporates eight communal lounges, a kitchen and restaurant, bistro, special bathing facilities, a hairdressers, and a gym. The building also features artwork by local artists.

Initial works on site included vegetation removal, land reinstatement and piling. The construction of the extra care apartment block also involved a large amount of detailed civil engineering work involving reinforced retaining walls and suspended concrete slabs.

In common with all of Bristol Care Homes accommodation, the buildings are environmentally designed with 24/7 air circulation constantly keeping the atmosphere fresh. Other features of the accommodation include: spacious rooms with increased ceiling height; wide corridors for ease of access; television, DVD player and direct line telephone provision in each room; internet access to residents’ rooms, and high technology baths and wheel-in showers.

External works on the scheme include the creation of beautiful landscaped gardens and a parking area.

Environmentally friendly features of the development include heating by a CHP plant and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels.

Bristol Care Homes is a small group of four high quality care homes. The group’s founding vision is to provide excellence in all aspects of care for all residents.

The company is constantly investing in their facilities and extending their care service to maintain that goal. Since opening their first home in 1996, the company has established a well earned reputation for total commitment to deliver the highest quality of care.

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