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Stepnell starts work on Midlands care home duo

Construction specialist Stepnell has kicked off construction at two multimillion-pound care facilities in the Midlands.

Work is progressing on site at the £6.5m The Gables care home in Hagley near Stourbridge for Cinnamon Care Collection and a £4.3m refurbishment project at automotive charity Ben’s Town Thorns near Rugby.

Consisting of a three-storey 57 bed care home, including four luxury care suites for couples or those seeking more space, The Gables will offer dementia and residential care, as well as a choice of two restaurants, a café and a hair, nail and beauty salon for its residents.

Each floor will feature dining areas and lounges, large terrace areas on the first two floors and a cinema room on the second floor. Outside, landscaped gardens and parking will also be included.

Due to be completed in August 2022 and designed by Harris Irwin Architects, the development will be finished to the high specification that is characteristic of a Cinnamon Care Collection development.

The refurbishment of Town Thorns in the Warwickshire village of Easenhall, meanwhile, is due to complete in December 2022.

The project will create an additional 44 ensuite rooms, a roof terrace garden, and replacement of mechanical and engineering installations.

The project, designed by KWL Architects will also see minor remodelling of various communal areas, external landscaping works, roofing and window repairs.

A new shop, bistro area, hair salon and a multifunctional hall space will also all be created.

The purpose built residential, nursing, dementia and respite care centre - originally built in the 1990s - is being renovated over four phases and will take place in a live environment.

“Although working in a live environment will present a number of challenges, the team is highly experienced in negotiating live sites and has put special measures in place to ensure the safety of employees, residents and the local community is maintained while we are on site,” said Stepnell regional director Adrian Barnes.

“Areas are being decanted to allow works to be taken over several phases, with disruption and disturbance to the ongoing operation being kept to as minimal level as possible,” he added.

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