An important project that will provide vital care facilities for elderly people is almost complete in Cathcart, Glasgow.
Northcare (Scotland) Ltd is carrying out the £4.4m project, which began in June 2011 and is scheduled for completion in May 2012.
The Three Bridges Care Home has been designed by One Architecture and comprises 72 bedrooms over two floors, with two wings located on each of the floors. Each wing contains a dedicated day dining room measuring approximately 90 square metres and a dedicated quiet room to the far end of each of the wings. In addition, an external balcony on the first floor provides external recreational space.
Along with special care for high dependency residents – including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s – there is also a range of exciting facilities available for residents. These include a hair salon, beauty parlour and a cafe that is also open to the public.
All of the day rooms have been carefully designed to allow maximum daylight through a predominantly glazed facade. The corridors also benefit from natural light and a wall of double doors that are held open in order to prevent the building from feeling institutional.
Landscaping has included the creation of an attractive garden to the south, which provides residents with an array of spaces and activities. Included within the green space is a bowling and putting green, various seated areas for relaxing, raised planter beds, wander paths and a large barbeque and patio area.
The superstructure of the building comprises a Metsec structural framing system with cast-in-situ concrete floors, therefore making the building extremely robust. Sustainable features include air source heating and the care home features contemporary finishes throughout.
Working together to create a future
Northcare (Scotland) Ltd has been established as a family run business for over 20 years. The company owns care homes in the South Lanarkshire region and will expand to Glasgow in the spring of 2012.
As one of the few privately owned care homes in the central belt to have been awarded with a Customer Service Excellence award, the company is committed to operating their homes as a home in every sense of the word.
Clients are encouraged to achieve independence and inclusion within the community, whilst any disabilities are recognised and honoured through the provision of a variety of methods of support to suit the individual concerned. With all care undertaken in an environment that is safe and secure, the client will be given the opportunity to work in partnership with the care staff in order to maximise their quality of life.
All of Northcare’s care homes provide menus that are reviewed by Diet Scotland in order to ensure that clients are offered nutritious and well balanced meals. Other important provisions include activities programmes, outings and regular entertainment.
Northcare (Scotland) Ltd pride themselves on their participation strategy. The company holds monthly forums where residents, families and staff make decisions in the running of the homes and the future direction of Northcare. Margaret Sawers, Northcare Director, holds monthly surgeries in each of the homes in order to enable residents and families to raise any concerns or suggestions that they might have in a confidential environment.
If requested, the company is willing to email families an update of their relative’s wellbeing. The homes also boast a Skype facility, which enables families who are unable to visit often to see and speak to their relative on a regular basis.
Northcare (Scotland) Ltd and One Architecture have enjoyed a successful working relationship for approximately ten years. Their mutual respect is largely based on One Architecture’s belief that their client’s aspirations are as important as the users of the development.
As a result, One Architecture has worked with Northcare (Scotland) Ltd on a number of projects throughout the years, including the Carmunnock Road scheme. The company has stated that it is very proud to be associated with Northcare Scotland) Ltd and it looks forward to continued involvement with them as the architect and lead consultant in future projects.
One Architecture was established in 2007 and is located in Central Glasgow at 145 St. Vincent Street. The company specialises in several sectors across the construction industry, including: healthcare, residential, care homes, hotels, commercial, commercial refurbishment, residential refurbishment and retail.
As a young, dynamic practice of chartered architects, One Architecture service clients and projects across the UK.
Established in 2006, Pulse Electrical is a dynamic electrical services contractor that specialises in the supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of a wide variety of electrical services. We undertake projects across the commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors and have successfully done so both directly for the client and/or as nominated subcontractors.
Pulse Electrical has built and maintained a strong relationship with Northcare Developers over the past four years and were delighted when offered the role of Electrical Subcontractor, project managing the electrical installation including fire, data/telecom, TV and nurse call of the new Carmunnock Care Home.
With our focus on complete client satisfaction, we look forward to future developments and projects with Northcare Developers Ltd.