Stepnell appointed for £5.5m Devizes care home

Wantage-based construction company Stepnell has been appointed for a £5.5 million contract to build a new care home in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The 80-bed care home is being developed by specialist developer Brackley Investments for The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT). The Stepnell team has just started building the new care home at Corn Croft Lane, off Horton Road. It is set to be completed in autumn 2014. It will provide nursing and specialist dementia care.

Modern, comfortable bedrooms, all equipped with en-suite bathrooms

Stepnell has recruited Steve Garlick, site manager, to lead the construction scheme. He joins Stepnell with a wealth of experience. As part of Stepnell’s commitment to creating jobs in local communities, all the construction labourers working on site will be drawn from the local area. The scheme has also enabled Stepnell to take on Andy Bennett, a new trainee site manager. These appointments are part of the development of Stepnell’s capabilities in the area and will strengthen what Stepnell can offer to potential clients. Stepnell construction director Tom Wakeford says: “We are delighted to have recruited Steve, we think he will be a great asset to the business and he will lead our on-site team in the delivery of this important project.”

Designed by Hunters Architects and arranged over three floors, the 4,184 sq m building will provide residents with modern, comfortable bedrooms, all equipped with en-suite bathrooms. Residents will have access to a range of communal facilities including day lounges, a dining area, a tea lounge, a launderette, a first-floor terrace and shop. The building will also feature staff offices and a laundry.

Stepnell design and build director David Brill, who has led the development of the scheme, says: “We are excited to be starting work on this high-quality facility and to be once again working with OSJCT. Our skilled team draws on a strong track record in building new care home accommodation to the most exacting standards.” This is the latest in a number of care home developments built by Stepnell for OSJCT including Athelstan House in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, and the Windsor Street care centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. In addition, Stepnell is currently building a new care home for OSJCT in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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