Dementia Wing, Broadmeadow

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Project Details

Client – Kent County Council

Services – Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyors and CDM Co-ordinator

Value – £1,500,000

The design and construction of a two storey dementia centre as an extension to the existing Registered Care Centre.

This project involved the extension of the Registered Care centre to form a Dementia Wing. There were a number of challenges involved in this project as the existing building was in use 24 hours a day. These included:

– all service connection had to be maintained to the existing centre as there were often highly dependent patients in the centre.

– The space on site for the construction of the extension was limited and access had to be maintained for emergency vehicles and the like at all times to the existing centre.

– In addition to this the centre required access to the rear of the site for their rubbish removal and catering deliveries, this involved putting in place a strict delivery system as the access to the rear of the building involved passing through the contractors compound. This was set up and closely monitored throughout the scheme. It involved securely fencing off a vehicle route for these deliveries which occurred once a week. The contractor managed this process and it worked well with no complaints from either party.

There was a nursery adjacent to the new extension and regular liaison was maintained by the site management to ensure we addressed any concerns as the works progressed. The nursery was securely fenced off so that the risk of access was significantly reduced.

Monthly meetings were held with the project team to ensure all issues were being addressed as the works progressed, also daily communication with the care centre was maintained thus both parties were regularly aware of any issues as they arose.

The service connections to the existing building were maintained throughout.

The extension was built with the access from the existing building put in last, this was done so that it could be ensured all of the necessary fire protection measures were in place before an access was put in place and reduce the fire risk to the care home as well as reducing the risk of unauthorised access to the new extension.

The design work also proved to have challenges as compliance with all of the relevant legislation had to be maintained as well as addressing the needs of dementia patients, the two can often be conflicting and therefore coordination of achieving the requirements and meeting the needs of patients was vital to the success of this project.

The completed project obtained Accreditation from the University of Shirley to Gold Standard.

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