The new home is the first in an innovative partnership between specialist care home architect and project management consultancy Northstar and sustainability experts Sustainable Construction Services (SCS).
Cornerstone CEO, Johann van Zyl, commented: “This really is a milestone day for the company as we look to expand our provision of complex care services across the south of England”.
“This ‘green’ building has been designed to be thermally efficient, meaning it will retain heat in the winter and stay cool in summer for longer. The 80-bed home will have solar panels on the roof to provide electricity and use environmentally friendly air source heat pumps to heat or cool the building.”
Danny Sharpe of care home designers, Northstar said “We are on course for a certification of ‘Excellent’ from the World’s leading sustainability assessment body – the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Our client – Cornerstone Healthcare – is very forward thinking and sees the huge benefits in having a thermally efficient, ‘green’ building which will lead the way for care homes in the future.”
The home, which will bring 140 jobs to the local area, will also have a beautiful living roof. This roof top garden is not only a wonderful feature for residents but will also benefit the local wildlife and, alongside a sustainable drainage system which will manage rainwater attenuation.
The £13million project is partly funded by Cornerstone and its equity investors, Ignite Growth. Forbes Stuart of Ignite said “We are delighted to continue to support the Cornerstone team with the next phase in their development plan to extend its services to the South West. The green credentials of this build are equally pleasing as climate change is at the forefront of everyone’s mind now more than ever”.
The build is due to be complete in the fall of 2023.