Project - Maesbrook Nursing Home
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Case Study - Maesbrook Nursing Home, Shrewsbury

Maesbrook Nursing Home offers full time, tailored, dedicated care to private residential clients, in a highly maintained, prestigious Victorian building. This 13 bedroom extension required a quality build, to a high specification, in keeping with the existing building.

The project involved a departure from our "normal" steel frame methods, to a traditional construction process. As a "build only" contract, the design element of the project was inherited by C21. We quickly investigated the initial foundation design, and identified an alternative method in lieu of the prescribed piling requirement. The actual and target site levels meant that installing strip foundations and installing blockwork to support the floor structure would prove more beneficial. This represented a saving of tens of thousands of pounds, passed directly on to our client.

Since the site was situated at the end of a private residential cul-de-sac, and elevated some 3-4 metres above the road level, servicing the site involved many interesting challenges, particularly when installing major structural elements such as the concrete floor planks. The original strategy involved a permanently installed tower crane, which would have significantly limited site access and also adversely affected the neighbouring dwellings, situated very close to the construction site. By careful programming and combining deliveries of the major building components, a mobile tower crane was instead utilised. This was required on only 6 occasions during a 10 month build duration. All residents were kept duly informed of site activities to minimize disruption to their day to day lives.

To ensure the quality of service required, C21 actively sought and employed a dedicated Project Manager, with direct experience in care/nursing home construction. This proved invaluable in ensuring that the building and its services met the stringent Care Quality Commission requirements for all such commercial premises. The building passed its CQC assessment at the first attempt, with no improvements required.

Overall this project was very challenging and interesting, and allowed C21 to demonstrate its flexibility in construction methods, and commitment to providing a quality service, delivered on time and to budget.