An independent construction firm has completed its largest care home development to date, which includes a cinema and bar and can accommodate up to 75 residents.
Brymor Construction Ltd designed and built Care UK’s new Ancasta Grove home in Sarisbury Green, near Fareham, after demolishing the former dentists’ surgery on the site.
The £8.5m purpose-built development in Barnes Lane provides residential, nursing, respite and dementia care, with more than 80 new jobs created locally.
As well as a cinema and bar, Ancasta Grove includes a hair and beauty salon, lounges, dining areas and landscaped grounds with a sensory garden and water feature.
Brymor, one of the UK’s largest independent construction companies, began work in June 2019, making it the largest care home project in the company’s 34-year history.
Steve Morton, Chairman of 150-strong Brymor, said: “With an ageing population in the UK, the care sector is assuming an increasingly important role in our communities.
“The high quality of facilities at Ancasta Grove, including a cinema and hair and beauty salon, show just how dramatically residential and nursing homes have evolved over recent years.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Care UK on this much-needed new development, which will also bring benefits for the local economy with jobs and contracts for the supply chain.”
Brymor developed the care home from conception to completion, including demolition and site clearance of a detached building most recently used as a dentists’ surgery.
It also designed the home, which had to meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, and gained planning approval.
The project on the 1.97-acre (0.8 hectare) site also included external works, drainage and services.
Its foundations were simple concrete strip footings and pads, treated with clayboard due to the heavy clay soil. Ground floor construction was of pot and beam with a screed topping.
Upper floors comprised concrete hollow core planks with screed topping and concrete staircases.
External walls were made a mixture of traditional masonry and both vertical and horizontal weatherboard cladding.
The roof was made is a mixture of pitched and flat areas with timber trusses, incorporating several dormers at second floor level.
Care UK is one of the UK’s largest and top care home providers supporting over 6,500 individuals across more than 100 care homes.
Ancasta Grove is divided into smaller suites, each with its lounge and dining area.
Its bespoke design includes dementia-friendly features such as colour schemes, signs, lighting and furnishing.
There are about 17,600 care homes in the UK with 490,326 residents, according to industry source CareHome.co.uk.
Ancasta Grove is Care UK’s 125th home. Since 2013, it has opened more than 50 new homes, making Care UK the largest developer of new care homes in the country.
In 2018, 18 per cent of the total UK population was aged 65 years and over, compared with 10.8 per cent in 1950, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is expected to rise to 24.8 per cent in 2050.
Brymor, which is headquartered at Denmead, near Portsmouth, with an office in Dorset, works in a wide range of sectors.
The £85m turnover company is a collaborative and flexible business with a seamless approach from conception to completion, with the focus on innovative solutions, quality, safety and transparency.