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Stepnell appointed for £6.1m Wiltshire Care Home development



The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed Stepnell for a £6.1m design and build contract to create a high quality 64 bed specialist dementia care home for local people in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Work is just getting under way on the 3,600m2 two storey development which will be built on the site of the existing empty 1970s Paddocks care home off Hilperton Road. The Wantage team will demolish the existing building before starting construction work on the new development which is set for completion in autumn 2016.

OSJCT has designed the spacious living environment of the new care home specifically to support and improve quality of life for people with dementia.  In the design and subsequent build process, OSJCT is working with University of Stirling to achieve a Gold Standard Accreditation - the highest accolade demonstrating best practice in dementia design.

The new care home in Trowbridge will create a homely and welcoming environment for residents and include a wide range of communal facilities including a café, hair salon, shop and cinema. There will also be landscaped communal gardens to the rear, including sensory garden areas, raised planters, water features and accessible planting beds for residents to use. Most of the existing trees and hedgerows at the site are being retained, with 30 new trees also set to be planted while hedgerows and planted beds around the scheme will enhance the setting of the building. The development includes 25 parking spaces.

The scheme is the latest care home to be built by Stepnell for OSJCT. Previous projects completed by Stepnell for OSJCT in Wiltshire include Athelstan House care home in Malmesbury and Hayward Care Centre in Corn Croft Lane, Devizes, as well as care home developments in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Richard Dooley, assistant development director at OSJCT says: “We are pleased to be building this new care home in Trowbridge, and are sure it will be of great benefit to the local community.  We have worked with Stepnell on several of our recent development projects, both in Wiltshire and elsewhere, and are pleased to be continuing our professional relationship, which has resulted in high quality, innovative care facilities where people are happy to live and work.”

Stepnell joint managing director Tom Wakeford says: “We are delighted to be once again working with OSJCT and look forward to helping deliver this leading edge specialist dementia care facility for the local community in Trowbridge and the surrounding area. Stepnell has a strong record of providing high-quality residential facilities built to the most demanding standards and our team is excited to be bringing their expertise to this important development.” 

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