Abbeyfield Society and Castleoak have shared the formula for the success of their newly built £8.9m care home at Winnersh in Berkshire.

The timber frame care home was delivered on budget and built and occupied within 15 months thanks to a solid partnership based on early planning, team work and clear protocols.

Lex Cumber, business development director at Castleoak, told delegates at last week’s Care England conference: ”There were very clear chains of command, clear protocols in place and the fact everyone enjoyed each other’s company helped enormously.”

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James Parkhurst, head of development at Abbeyfield, said early engagement proved to be very important.

“We sat down with Castleoak and the architect as soon as they found the piece of land so we were able to work all the way from the ground up,” James said.

“Everyone knew from day one what we were working towards. We had our vision, Castleoak got on board with that. It wasn’t coming at it from different ways, we started off on exactly the same road moving forward together.

“The team dynamic meant everyone got on and knew their role within the team. That gave everyone a collective responsibility.”

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