Stepnell celebrates Shaw healthcare care home construction milestone

Councillor Karen Rampton, Borough of Poole cabinet portfolio holder for housing and community services; Steve Curtis, Shaw Healthcare bid manager; Phil Hornsby, Borough of Poole head of commissioning & improvement – people services and David Roper, Stepnell project manager

Stepnell has celebrated a milestone in the construction of a Shaw healthcare care home in Poole.

The two-storey, Figbury Lodge care facility is being built for the Borough of Poole on the site of a former 50-bed home that was demolished in 2015.

“It’s great to have reached the topping out stage of this much-needed specialist care home and it’s exciting to see this fantastic new accommodation really beginning to take shape,” said Rob Speirs, Stepnell’s regional director.

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“The construction is progressing well with the project due for completion next year. We will be taking the scaffolding down over the next few weeks as our project team focuses on completing the internal and external works.”

The 80-bed service includes en-suites and a dressing and living area, and will be grouped into close-knit ‘household clusters’ with communal living and dining spaces to create a sense of familiarity and family living. The new facility will also feature staff offices, changing areas and welfare facilities.

Large multi-purpose communal spaces will also be built on the ground and first floors for school and community engagement projects.

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, Borough of Poole, said: “This new facility offers much-needed care in Poole and helps us support residents who are unable to fund their own care, and the local community. It’s great to see the development progressing so well and I look forward to seeing the finished building.”

Suzanne Hughes, Deputy CEO for Shaw healthcare, said: “I would like to reflect the comments of Councillor Rampton in that the facility is going to be first class and we share the excitement about starting to deliver care. We will be starting our recruitment drive from September, so we look forward to hearing from local people who may be interested in joining us.”

The home has been designed by design, engineering and project management consultancies Atkins Global.

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