European Healthcare – Bury And Derby
Client:
European Healthcare
Project:
European Healthcare, Bury and Derby
Project Duration:
12 Weeks Per Project

The Small Works & Special Projects department have recently completed the refurbishment of three care homes in Scotland for European Care. The home in Edinburgh is a two storey listed Georgian building where we completed a major redecoration scheme throughout the building. The home remained fully functional for the duration of the works so careful planning and consideration were given to the residents and staff.

The once dark corridors were completely revived with light neutral colours and all of the original dark coloured doors were painted in carefully chosen colours so as to aid the residents with dementia. The external facade was also given a new lease of life as all of the external windows were repainted. A new purpose built wheelchair friendly ramp was formed around the building so as to give wheelchair users access to the garden areas. The internal refurbishment work was completed with the addition of a number of keypad operated door magnets connected onto the existing fire alarm so as to make the home as safe as possible for the residents.

We have also recently completed the refurbishment work of a care home for European Care at a site in East Lothian in Scotland. The home sits within the grounds of a manor house and is surrounded by giant redwood trees on one side and ancient woodland on the other. Again we had to be extremely considerate in regards to our planning with the homes management team as the works involved removing and replacing 95 bedroom doors.

Due diligence and respect for the residents was required so as not to invade their personal space and each resident now has the capacity to be able to lock their own rooms. The bedroom doors were fitted with quick release DDA compatible handles and locks, this meant that even when the doors were in the locked position it is a single action to unlock the door simply by pulling the handle downwards. We fitted a complete new state of the art fire alarm system along with fitting magnets and keypads to a number of final exit fire doors and connecting them onto the fire alarm for fail safe. This meant that the fire doors were locked shut by way of a powerful magnet yet in the event of a fire alarm activation the doors would release and be free to open. The scheme was completed with a new fully wheelchair friendly path and ramp around the whole building, again to allow the residents access to the stunning grounds where red squirrels can be seen jumping through the ancient Oak trees.

The care home in Hamilton, Scotland, also required new fire doors to be fitted. We replaced 78 fire doors and most of these were the resident’s bedroom doors. Although at this site we also had to replace all of the door frames too, this posed quite a challenge for the carpenters as most of the openings were not square. As per the other two projects, consideration and respect for residents was the most important part of the works, this included making sure that the doors were complete and operational by the end of the day.

New lights throughout the corridors and communal areas were installed to bring the lighting up to the correct LUX levels. Due to the lack of space within the building, we hired a large container that was carefully positioned in the corner of the car park to use as our workshop; we used this to prepare the new doors and frames. The final part of this contract was to carry out some repair work to the tarmac drive and car park. As the car park is always very busy, this involved carrying out the work at a weekend so as not to disrupt the operations of the home. The car park was closed off for two days whilst the heavy machinery was brought in to remove the existing surface and replace it with a new tarmacadam covering.