Healthcare Construction, Norwich

  • Client: Swanton Care
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Type: Newbuild
  • Procurement Method: Tendered
  • Location: Norwich
  • Project Value: £800,000

Project Description

Pacy and Wheatley completed a Healthcare Construction project in Norwich; which included the demolition of the existing home and removal of services with the construction of a new, timber framed six bed care home. The project was specifically designed to meet the needs of people with Huntington’s disease incorporating specialist hoists throughout, a passenger lift to all residential floors and a sensory garden to the rear of the property. The project was built on a busy residential road in close proximity to neighbours at both sides of the site boundaries.

The Challenge

It was crucial to develop a good relationship with neighbours to ensure no issues arose during either the demolition or the construction process. Safe and considerate erection of the scaffold presented particular challenges and the proximity of one neighbour prevented the use of timber frame method of construction. Close communication with the local highway authority was required to allow site lifting operations and large deliveries.

The Solution

The demolition process was undertaken with extreme care involving areas that required manual removal to mitigate risk. An element of the scaffold had to be cantilevered over the neighbour’s garage with full debris netting protection provided.

A late design change required one elevation to be constructed using a toe foundation from the raft slab with a traditional block and brick cavity wall built overhead. Pacy & Wheatley construction worked closely with the engineers to resolve this problem.

A close relationship was formed with the project manager for the highways authority,.enabling temporary lane closures for crane lifts and large deliveries to be accomplished without issues.

Key Achievements

An end product with a high standard of workmanship and quality, handed back to our client on time.

The end product, in spite of the difficult nature of the site and numerous problems presented, was a great achievement for the site team and all contractors involved. Working closely with the design team to quickly resolve any issues that arose and nullifying delays to the project completion.


I would like to express my thanks for all the hard work of the Pacy & Wheatley construction team for their endeavour and patience in completing Gryphon Place. What began as a straightforward project took many twists and turns but at all times they maintained a professional and positive approach. The comments from the client have been extremely positive. The finished product is excellent and credit to the work of Pacy & Wheatley.

Gordon Asher, Meedhurst Project Management

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