London & South East

Care home rises from former police base

A £4.3 million 65-bed care home is being built on the former site of a police station and is due to open by the end of the year.

SDC Build of Bedford is close to finishing the three-storey building at Acacia Mews, St Albans Road East, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on behalf of Avery Healthcare.

The project has been designed by DWA Architects of York and is being project managed by quantity surveyors Goodrich Projects Ltd.

Avery Healthcare, which prides itself on building care homes that are more like ‘care hotels’ than traditional homes, has specified that all the development’s single bedrooms will have first-class en-suite facilities to help ensure ‘guests’ enjoy service and support to quality hotel standards.

The home will also have communal lounges, dining rooms, a kitchen, a hairdressers, as well as a therapy room and communal landscaped courtyard gardens, with parking facilities.

The brick and block building is designed a pitched, tiled roof, and sash-style Upvc windows, with a wood grain finish.

Paul Riley, of Goodrich Projects, said: “All the rooms will have quality finishes and the building, which will be impressive on completion, will be in keeping with the local area.”

Avery Healthcare managing director John Strowbridge said: “The architecture of the building will be very sympathetic to that of the surrounding area.”

Avery Healthcare is an established operator and developer of care homes for the elderly, with a national reputation for delivering purpose built, high quality, design led care homes.

Its care homes are registered to provide residential care for the elderly, including nursing and dementia care as well as shorter term, respite or convalescence care services.

Avery Healthcare is currently one of the few care companies within the UK with an active building programme, having secured finance for the development of a raft of new homes across the UK, bringing its portfolio to a planned total of 30 homes.

Stanland Group

The Stanland Group designed, supplied and installed all the commercial laundry equipment and ancillary items for the project, working within the agreed budget and timeframe.

The company has also carried out the design, supply and installation of all the commercial laundry equipment at several of the recent new build projects for Avery Healthcare.

 Ken Robinson, Projects Manager for the Stanland Group, has had many years experience of designing and installing commercial laundry and catering equipment in numerous new build nursing homes.

 The Stanland Group was founded in 1952 and now has a £5 million turnover and employs 65 people. The company’s areas of activity include commercial laundry and catering equipment, equipment maintenance, auto-dosed laundry and kitchen detergents

 Stanland Group looks forward to a continuing relationship with Avery Healthcare to supply their laundry equipment for many years to come.

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