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Development History

The new Hazeldene House is a brand new development from the Graham Care Group which is to replace the old facility ‘The Priory Care Home’ which could no longer be maintained as viable and sustainable, even in the short term. The new design incorporates contemporary standards and requirements and with modern facilities to care for elderly people requiring specialist nursing and dementia care.

The old care home was no longer fit for purpose and to do nothing would have meant that the facility would be lost. Whilst high quality care was still being provided within the Home the room sizes, corridor widths, shared toilets and bathrooms, and ancillary accommodation were way below what a new home should provide and not in keeping with the exceptional high standard of the other new Graham Care developments.

To replace the existing facility the area per resident has significantly increased as has the number of suites within the home.

The context of the development in terms of its physical, social and economic aspects was adapted throughout the design process to achieve a high quality replacement Residential Care Home.

The new home will provide a high standard of living and communal accommodation with an innovative style of elevation utilising traditional materials for this sensitive location. The design incorporates large glazed openings to maximise sunlight penetration into the building. In combination, this will contribute to the new home becoming a prime example of collective living and care for the elderly.

Construction Stage

The construction of the new facility commenced in July 2011 and is being carried out in three phases, namely:-

  • Phase One – The erection of the first section of the building which includes resident suites, a central core area/resident day spaces and a basement which facilitates staff area/back of house. This phase also included the commencement of the extensive groundworks operations which comprised the formation of a new car park and superb soft landscaped garden areas benefitting the residents with dementia: This was completed in November 2012;
  • Phase Two – Demolition of the existing building: This was complete in December 2012;
  • Phase Three (Current) – The erection of the final section of the building which includes the remaining resident suites and completion of the external works: This was completed in September 2013.

This project was successfully completed in September 2013. Please click on Finished Interiors or Finished Exteriors for photographs of the new care home.