Care Home Construction
As summer wains and spring is in full swing, we are delighted to be able to say that we have been appointed as the principal contractor to build a £700k extension to Severn Heights Nursing Home. A former country house, set in six acres of mature grounds, the care home enjoys views over the Severn Valley and beyond that, the Cotswolds; this is a site that will be a delight to work at.
As a Care Home Construction company, we have many years’ experience of working in the sector, and with many nursing homes situated in suburbia, we have been relishing the idea of working in such a pretty countryside location.
Timber Frame Construction
From the off, the design team had opted for a timber-framed construction. Typically, this means installing a strip or trench fill foundation with brick and block construction up to DPC and beam & block floor to finish off the substructure. The completed structure forms a solid base on which to install the timber frame building.
The nature of this site was such that mini-piles had been specified with a ring beam forming the concrete foundation from which to build the brick and block walls taking us up to DPC. Unlike a traditional build which typically requires an inner and outer wall, this structure was made up of three walls to form the base, with the inner two walls supporting the load of the timber frame building and the outer skin acting as a weather shield as well as for decorative purposes. The outer wall also formed a ledge for the external cladding to sit on creating a tidy, weather resistant finish.
There are different methods of creating the timber frame building itself. In housing, for aesthetic reasons, they will typically design the building with a timber frame inner and brick outer wall. However, in this application, the main timber frame is to be made up of a 140mm deep timber frame rammed with insulation and protected from the weather by a moisture barrier and external cladding. With no cavity, the full depth of the wall is insulated enabling more of the heat to be retained making this a very heat efficient building.
The external face of the building will then be clad with a weatherproof board before being rendered to create a hard-wearing, weather resistant finish that is consistent with that of the existing building.
Once the roof is on, we can move to the internal fit-out with the Mechanical & Electrical installation carried out by our own team of engineers. With the final fit out and soft furnishings bringing the project to a close in late summer 2019, we look forward to working with the design team and hopefully a trouble-free build.
This is a substantial addition to the existing nursing home with many challenges to be faced, but we have a great team, and I know the Care Home Construction team are looking forward to getting the project underway.
Sean Ryan – Site Manager
When completed, the nursing home will enjoy a further 18 en-suite bedrooms, staff room, office, residents lounge, coffee lounge/dining area, additional toilets and a pamper room.
If you would like to find out more about Cameron Butcher’s Care Home Construction services, have a question or would like us to visit you to discuss your project requirements, please email us here or call us on 0845 900 5762 for more information.