Sanctuary Grove, Worcester

Client: Sanctuary Housing
Contract Value: £15m
Programme: 100 weeks
Completion Date: May 2015
Form of Contract: JCT Design & Build
Contracts Manager: Alan Lyons
Quantity Surveyor: John McCarthy
Project Manager: John Neill
Architect: BRP Architects
Engineer: Upton McGougan Ltd


University Park is Sanctuary’s largest care development scheme to date. It’s the first time that the company combined care, extra care and close care accommodation together.

Sanctuary Group is the country’s largest housing Association, responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland and owns or operates over 94,000 units of accommodation.

The project involved the construction of a 60-bed Care Home with a 60-bed apartment Extra Care scheme under the same roof, featuring a central hub, which now provides a range of shared facilities for the residents. Nearby is 40 Close Care homes, including 32 apartments and eight bungalows. The project included associated landscaping, access roads and car parking for the development.

Under floor heating is present throughout the buildings, with the Care Home segment having controlled secure access and egress with a secured garden area for residents. The Care Home itself is separated into four nursing wings of 15 rooms on each floor, with a reception, communal lounge and diner, and an assisted bathroom per wing.

Key Features

  • Sanctuary’s largest care development to date
  • Recommended collaboration between Stepnell and Sanctuary
  • First time Sanctuary has combined Care, Extra Care and Close Care under one roof

 “Sanctuary’s goals and expectations were high for Sanctuary Grove – both in terms of the homes we built and the employment and training opportunities it will create for local people.”

Peter Martin, Director - Property. Sanctuary Group