£12m care facility and retirement village completed

Stepnell completes construction of Eastcote Park elderly care and dementia facility in Solihull

Eastcote Park will provide homes for the elderly and those living with dementia

Stepnell has delivered a new £12m care facility in the West Midlands.

The scheme, located in Eastcote, Solihull, was completed in just over 18 months on behalf of Cinnamon Care Collection.

The care and retirement living development, known as Eastcote Park, is now ready to open its doors to residents, providing residential and respite care, as well as a dedicated community for those living with dementia.

The two-storey building features a 50-bedroom care home and two additional apartment blocks housing 34 two-bedroom retirement apartments, with personal and private lift access for first-floor residents.

The former garden centre, and once brownfield site, has been transformed with landscaped gardens, as well as communal facilities including a restaurant, bar, fitness suite, cinema room, hair and beauty salon, and multiple lounges.

Adrian Barnes, regional director at Stepnell, said: “As a former brownfield site, the land provided several practical challenges for us, such as surface water issues, as it is surrounded by countryside.

The facility includes sensory and reminiscence areas designed to support those with dementia

“We also had the added pressure of lockdown for a large chunk of the build, requiring us to adhere to government guidelines to ensure that we could stay on site to deliver the project on time and on budget.”

Albert Josephs, head of development at Cinnamon Care Collection, added: “Every detail within the care home and the retirement village has been carefully planned to the highest standards, using the finest-quality furnishings and fittings throughout.”

Designed by architects, Harris Irwin, the facility has dedicated areas including sensory, reminiscence and visual stimulation to help support those living with dementia.

Ian Holme, director at Harris Irwin, said: “Working closely with both Cinnamon and Stepnell, this outstanding development is the result of a fantastic team effort by all concerned, delivering the highest quality of accommodation and care environment for its residents.”

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