Laurence, aged 32, has built and registered 260 beds with a further 90 to be completed in September, opening his first home aged just 25. He has worked with a mixture of new build sites and conversions, taking each site from scratch and gaining full planning permission before going on to complete the developments.
The last two homes, Magdalen Park in East Yorkshire and Lindsey Hall in North East Lincolnshire, have both won their prospective categories for Best New Care Home in the UK, at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.
Magdalen Park is a new build home which included an innovative street scene in between the two ground floor dementia care units. This includes a licensed pub, working hair salon and shop. The home also includes easy access to terraces on each floor with the large roof garden having a bowling green on it, including stunning views over the local countryside.
Lindsey Hall was a derelict grammar school which had been closed for over five years. Laurence presented his vision, to a local Council Scrutiny Panel against 14 other developers, of how we wanted to sympathetically develop the school, keeping all of the original 1920s locally listed property, while extending with new build elements.
He combined the character and space provided by the school building to develop a luxurious care facility. The street scene evolved, from that at Hedon, using the assembly hall for a high street setting around an indoor bowling green next to a shopping arcade, with Charity shop, Post office, cinema, licensed pub, tea room and hair salon.
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