Mexborough Healthcare Refurbishment

  • Client: Exemplar Health Care
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Type: Extension & Refurbishment
  • Location: Mexborough
  • Project Value: c £3.5 Million

Project Description

We were delighted to be appointed by Exemplar Health Care to deliver the Extension and Refurbishment of their new 20-bed specialist care home in Mexborough, Potters Green.

Since we provided cost advice to the Client’s team throughout the acquisition, survey, and design phases, works have been able to commence on-site within weeks of legal completion.

The Potters Green complex provides specialist needs services and nursing care for 20 residents, supporting people living with dementia, acquired brain injury, complex mental health conditions and physical disabilities. The new refurb includes the provision of 20 large en-suite bedrooms, communal living space, an activities hub, a sensory bathroom, and large accessible gardens in addition to the typical catering kitchen and laundry facilities required in a care home environment.

What We Have Done

The new home facility has generated around 100 new jobs for those in the surrounding Mexborough area and beyond and brings an old building back to life. 

This is our fifth project for Exemplar Health Care, completed in Q3 2023.

The Pacy & Wheatley Team very much enjoyed building another first-class care home that we are sure will become an integral part of the community for many years to come. As it was local, we were able to add those little bits extra for the local community, like a community planting scheme.

Exemplar Health Care provides specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for adults with a range of complex and high-activity needs. It has over 35
homes and OneCare services across England.

The Challenges & Solutions

The build challenges on this scheme were always to remain proactive and flexible, trying to anticipate and react quickly to any areas of change, whilst ensuring and establishing the Exemplar Health Care brand within the neighbouring residential community.

The care home is located at the end of a residential road/cul de sac. The existing roads are narrow and often lined by vehicles. This made access to the site for deliveries a challenge, parking for our contractors and keeping access for the residents. P&W ensured that all deliveries were made on smaller rigid-type vehicles, allowing them ease of access through the housing estate, as well as making sure that all deliveries were made during working hours and not when residents were going to work or taking children to school, this allowed us to keep the residents safe. 

The refurbishment nature of the project meant that we were dealing with an existing building and unknown conditions that constantly challenged our work programme. P&W had to remove the existing floors to replace the joists and fully insulate them to ensure that we were meeting current building standards. During excavation for the foundations of the new build extension, we found Asbestos in the ground, meaning we had to stop our external works. Additionally, due to the existing structure being built, it was necessary to design and undertake some underpinnings before building the new extension. During the demolition of the internal walls, the design team identified that the walls were acting as Diaphragm walls, and hence, we had to amend our methodology of intent of demolition to suit 

Our Client also made us aware that a ‘future’ further extension to the building was a possibility at a later date, and therefore, all designs and building works, including incoming services and the like, needed to be carried out sensitively to allow this to be considered in the coming years. 

Key Achievements

Pacy & Wheatley registered the site with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to ensure that we meet standards and leave a positive impression within the construction industry community. Our site manager's work during this project enabled us to achieve full marks, 45 out of 45, on the CCS Monitors' visit to the site.

This is the first time P&W have achieved this; some of the work included creating bird boxes from timber off-cuts to put in existing trees on site, Donating sunflower seeds, pots & compost to the local primary schools' Gardening club as well as volunteering to help Swinton Community Group to decorate the area for the Queen's Jubilee. 

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