The development is a two and three storey building providing an 88-bed residential care home on the site of a former public house.
The development was built to BREEAM 'Very Good' status and achieved compliance to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) design standards and achieved Performance Beyond Compliance by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
A requirement of the contract was to meet the standards from the CQC. Some regulations were amended midway through the build programme, resulting in positive design changes which were successfully incorporated into works.
Residential areas were designed to aid those with dementia, incorporating special techniques used to support occupiers in their new surroundings. These included colour coordinated walls to help navigability, uniquely designed doors and memory boxes outside each room.
Additional facilities included: memory room; staff and storage areas; hard and soft landscaping; communal garden area and car park; cycle storage; and bin stores.
The project is certified to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard, achieving best practice for environmental performance through design, specification, construction and operation. The scheme includes 160 photovoltaic panels as-well-as air source heat pumps which provide a renewable source of energy with an additional income stream for the client (through FiTs and RHI, respectively).
Tolent funded the scheme from cash reserves, providing the client with an interest rate below the market rate. At practical completion the developer secured finance and paid the full contract value together with finance charges to cover the build period. In this instance the developer’s security took the form of a personal guarantee together with a charge on one of his other developments.
Wardley Gate Care Home is a high specification 88-bed residential care home on the site of a former public house.
The site achieved ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ with a score of 42/50 (84%) receiving ‘Exceptional’ scores in two areas and ‘Excellent’ scores in the remaining three areas.