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    New Build
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    Traditional Tendered
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Project Description

Pacy and Wheatley completed a Healthcare Construction project in Essex of a new build care home incorporating state of the art specialist hoisting, sensory and bathing equipment. Construction was of a traditional nature with masonry cavity walls, precast concrete floors and trussed timber roof. The central link was formed with a structural steelwork frame, which also incorporated the passenger lift and associated pit. The interior consists of very high specification fittings in keeping with the Carebase standard and unique approach.

The Challenge

The site was formally Freddie’s public house which had some reputation in the local area. Demolition had taken place sometime before and a reasonably clear and level site was handed to us in November 2010, just ready for one of the harshest winters for some years. The substructure was completed prior to the snow, which then delayed superstructure construction for around 3 weeks. However we managed to mitigate this delay and handed over on time, and within budget.

The construction site access was shared with an adjacent care home. Hence deliveries, day to day activities and most importantly key constructional elements had to be planned well in advance, communicated and agreed to ensure the adjacent home did not suffer any disruption of service at any time.

A large gas supply crossed the site, very close to the building and access for new services and foundation excavations. This would be a consideration throughout the build process.

Adjacent private residential gardens were a consideration to ensure the build experience did not unduly affect their day to day lives.

Providing the exacting standards required from DWA (the Architects) and Carebase (the client) in the time frame given.

The client required a ‘show bedroom’ for potential residents to view prior to completion of the main building.

The Solution

After the heavy winter, weekend working was instigated to bring the construction back to programme and ensure on time completion.

A daily liaison between the site manager and the adjacent home manager built a knowledge and effective working relationship, which in turn promoted the speed of completion.

Service identification on site, both by GPR / utility mapping survey methods, physical excavation and visual confirmation. Good communication to all site operatives by including this specific risk in all induction processes. All services were successful avoided during construction.

Mail drop notification to all surrounding residents of activities and critical dates were carried out prior to starting on site. Contact details were included to promote further dialogue which successfully opened communication with adjacent residents.

A show bedroom was provided some six weeks prior to main completion by focusing all trades on the requirement, and completing sections of work out of sequence. This enabled the client to move their business forward as soon as was practicable.

Key Achievements

Excellent Site Management resulted in a high standard of workmanship and achievement of the exacting standards set.

Delivery on time and within budget.

Establishing early relationships with key client project team members and subcontract partners is exponentially related to the success of the project.

Working with the client and the team to deliver a project that looked and felt a great place for the residents to enjoy.


Pacy & Wheatley Construction were proposed by our architects DWA as being a company who delivered. I can heartily say that I fully endorse that sentiment. From the pre start meeting through to hand over Pacy & Wheatley acted with the utmost professionalism. They delivered a product of the highest quality within my budget and on time, despite extreme weather conditions. Design changes introduced during the build cycle were handled promptly and efficiently with helpful input from site management and project team. Carebase management and our residents are delighted with our new care facility. I would have no hesitation in using Pacy & Wheatley in the future. Mike Hirsch, Property Director, Carebase ABI.

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