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Royal visit marks construction start at Otterbourne Hill

Stepnell received a royal guest at their £11.6 million care home scheme at Otterbourne Hill in Hampshire in November.  HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, patron of registered charity and care home provider Brendoncare, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction.

Stepnell are constructing a purpose-designed, two-and three-storey development for Brendoncare, which will provide 64 one-bed rooms for people needing nursing or dementia care, and respite care. The project will also see the creation of 20 one- and two-bedroom Shared Care supported living apartments designed especially for people living with dementia and their partners.

“Stepnell has leading expertise in the design and construction of cutting-edge specialist care facilities which enable people to live life to the full, and as independently as possible,” says Rob Speirs, Stepnell regional director, Poole. “We are therefore delighted to be working with Brendoncare on this ground-breaking nursing and dementia care centre which will significantly improve the quality of life for older and vulnerable people in the area.” 

The new care facility, due for completion summer 2018, brings all Brendoncare’s services together under one roof for the first time.

Carole Sawyers, chief executive of Brendoncare, says: “We are thrilled to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO to Otterbourne Hill and grateful for her support for this innovative and much-needed service. The Countess was very generous with her time which she spent talking to residents, volunteers and staff and we hope to welcome her back in summer 2018 for the opening of Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill.”