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  • Client:
    Barchester Healthcare
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  • Location:
    Falkirk, Scotland
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Project Description

Pacy and Wheatley completed a Healthcare Construction project in Falkirk, Scotland which involved the extensive refurbishment and alterations to the Strathallan single storey building and main Southfields property. To include new plumbing and electrical installation with phased improvements. Strathallan living areas and bedrooms were to be completed, to allow commencement of works in Southfield. The latter was to be partially occupied throughout due to an insufficient number of beds in Strathallan, therefore the means of access and works were phased to ensure safety for the residents and staff. External ramp works ruled the partial closure of external play areas for the safety of the children in residence.

The Challenge

Making sure the project progressed safely with little or no contact between the residents and the construction team. A remote site with very difficult, single track access due to the rural location, made deliveries and access (particularly in the severe weather conditions experienced) very difficult. To ensure the home and it’s residents were left unaffected by the refurbishment works and associated service shutdowns which were necessary to complete the project.

The Solution

A concise plan was drawn up in close liaison with our client to decide the phasing and segregation of the works. This allowed good progress without problems being reported. Local and national suppliers and our contractor’s suppliers were requested to visit site and guarantee that deliveries were made on a vehicle that could navigate the relatively un-maintained, single track private access road to the home. As a result of this all required materials and plant were delivered on time and as required. Noisy demolition activities in the occupied home were carried out during hours when the children were at school and the young adults were absent for the day. The same method applied to our mechanical and electrical contractor’s shutdowns in order to minimise any disruptions to the day to day running of the home; particularly as the works were undertaken in the main unit during cold winter months.

Key Achievements

Completing the refurbishment on time and to budget despite issues with severe weather and the constraints involved with working in an occupied home. Building good working relationships with local contractors and suppliers ensuring value for money for our client and greater flexibility as required to progress on site. Completing the works to a high standard giving significant improvement to the residential facilities for the occupants.


It's really refreshing to find a project manager who deals promptly with issues and has the client’s interests at heart. Hopefully we'll meet again on some other Barchester projects. Stuart Sinclair. Property Services Manager. Barchester Healthcare

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