In May 2014 Stanhope Wilkinson Architects, working on behalf of their client, awarded Savvy with a £2million phased contract to refurbish, extend and update Eynsham based Beech Court Care Home. Built on the site of a medieval abbey, this project which is due for completion September 2015, comprises the following:
- The creation of 2 new ‘Day Rooms’, a hairdressers and a garden room with a scented herb garden
- The reconfiguration and extension of the existing reception area, a loft conversion to the existing roof space and first floor alterations encompassing a sitting room, plant room and ‘pamper’ & exercise rooms
- The demolition of 2 large barns and the construction of 2 new barns on the same footprint to provide 12 new bed / care rooms with assisted en-suite bathrooms
- The construction of a glazed ‘link’ building connecting the existing manor house with the newly constructed barns and extensive external works, drainage and new services
These extensive construction works are being undertaken whilst the site remains a live and occupied care home. Working in this environment has made access to areas of the site difficult and utmost efforts are being made by all Savvy staff to minimise disturbance to patients and staff of the care home alike.
Due to parts of the site enjoying listed building status, the Savvy construction team are working closely with local archaeologists, undertaking a watching brief over excavation works, to investigate and protect all remains of historic importance. Savvy are also liaising closely and with due diligence with environmental experts in order to protect matters of environmental interest including the local bat colony.