Our new state of the art kitchen has now been fully completed and installed. The kitchen has been relocated so that it is now adjoining the new dinning room with a motorised shutter separating the two. The residents have been delighted to enjoy the first of many delicious meals from the kitchen since it opened.
The skylight has now been completed in the lounge ceiling which will let in lots of natural light to make this a lovely bright space for residents to sit and relax during the day.
A preview of the building work being carried out on the new lounge and bedrooms which are beginning to be decorated.
Construction work recommenced this month after Christmas holidays and its good to see all windows and doors are in place! The emphasis this month is progressing with internal completion of the new bedrooms and lounge, and external brickwork will continue when weather permits!
As 2020 comes to a close, there is going to be ‘more room’ in Abbeyfield Strathaven as development
of the existing facilities continue. The £0.5M project will see an additional 4 en-suite rooms provided
along with a new lounge, new kitchen and laundry facilities and a guest room.
David Donald of BlairDonald Complete Building Services Ltd, comments, “Construction activities have
been progressing well since September this year, and finishing external work is planned for this year.
From January 21, the focus will move to progressing all internal work towards an April Completion”.
The design of the extension was prepared by local Architects, Anderson Anderson LLP who have
continued to provide support during the months of construction. “It’s great to see work progress
and all plans come to fruition,” commented Dot Anderson, “ The internal details will provide a Care
facility appropriate for 2021 and for many years to come, and we have enjoyed collaborating with the
Abbeyfield Project Team”.
Darren Hunter from Abbeyfield Strathaven Care team is pictured within the internal courtyard of the
new extension, in front of the new lounge.
Darren says, “The staff have been really encouraged to see work progress, and all residents are
looking forwards to seeing the development completed in the Spring. The Contractor’s workforce has
sensitively kept the needs of residents to the forefront of their work, and the residents appreciate
the respect constantly shown as they work in close proximity”.
The extension work is part of Abbeyfield Strathaven’s long-term plans to ensure provision of care as a
Care at Home facility for many years to com
The roof is now in the process of being completed. the framework is now in place and once covered should make the extension both wind and water-tight.
The extension is now really beginning to take shape as we have seen the structure of the new rooms erected at the beginning of this month. We can now see more clearly the layout and shape of the new lounge and corridor in the photos below.
Below are photos of the ongoing progress which has been made on the extension of the house this month.
The start of October has seen the previous monoblocking removed and the trenches for the foundations being lined and dug.
The builders then laid the pipework which has been fitted into place and cemented over.
Finally the third photo shows they have now began erecting the structure of the extension.
Below there are some photos of the steady progress being made in our extension;
Image 1: For anyone driving past, here’s what the semi-permanent hoarding now looks like, and is the limit of the construction area.
Image 2: The view from the Dining Room now shows there has been steady progress in removing and demolishing parts of the existing building.
Image 3: A view from the back door shows the Builders machinery and general working area.
During September, construction will commence on breaking ground and forming foundations for the new lounge.
It was smiles all round to welcome Blair Donald Complete Building Services to Abbeyfield House this month and celebrate start of construction activities. One resident in particular, Angus, shared the start of construction with his 90th Birthday celebrations, ‘ I have been looking forward to seeing the work commence for so many months’ said Angus,’ I’ll be watching construction work closely and no doubt adding in my tuppence worth!’ With site accommodation now in place, we are all looking forwards to watching work progress.
Abbeyfield Strathaven – building refurbishment & construction of extension commences
Construction work starts in August 2020 to provide an additional 4 en-suite bedrooms, a new lounge, dining room, kitchen and laundry facilities. Conversion of existing accommodation will also provide additional guest facilities and improved staffing facilities. The project is the culmination of 4 years of planning, the design of the additional facilities were prepared by local firm, Anderson Anderson Architects, and construction work is being delivered by local Construction company, BlairDonald Builders.
Dot Anderson from Anderson Anderson Architect LLP, quoted, ‘ It’s great to be involved in developing additional care services within the town of Strathaven, and we look forwards to seeing the results of many months of planning and design carried out in conjunction with the project team from Abbeyfield’.
David Donald from BlairDonald Complete Building Services commented, ‘ Its good to see continued investment within Strathaven and the additional care facilities this project will provide. We look forwards to working closely with Abbeyfield staff and residents to complete the project whilst the existing care facility continues to operate’.
Sharon Baxter, House Manager of Abbeyfield House in Station Road, Strathaven stated, ’The project is part of £0.5M renovation programme and work should be completed by April 2021, at which time we plan to be welcoming additional residents into the House’ .