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Brookside Extra Care Village, Ormskirk

“Cruden have worked for Arena Housing for over 20 years. They are valued members of our Engage 360 Framework, and have worked with us on many successful projects.” - Claire Morris, Former Director of Development - Arena Housing

Project: Brookside Extra Care Village 

Employer: Arena Housing (Your Housing Group)

Procurement Framework: Engage 360o

Location: Ormskirk

Value: £12,637,000

Programme: 77 weeks

Works Description: A design and construction contract to deliver a sustainable extra care development of 111 one and two bedroom apartments inclusive of a dementia wing, bistro, health and wellbeing suite and a day care centre with a range of communal facilities and office accommodation.

Brookside caters for all levels of physical ability from the fully able to the very frail and provides specialist health, care and support services for older people with dementia. Built on a former primary school and day centre site, Brookside Retirement Village is situated in the heart of Ormskirk, close to all the local amenities and village life.

The communal facilities include a fitness suite, hair dressing salon, launderette, PCT surgery (also available to the local community) specialist dementia garden and greenhouse and a bistro which is also open to the public.

The village was constructed using a closed panel timber frame superstructure, at the time, the largest such structure in the UK. The three storey closed panel timber frame is impressive and features over 440 tonnes of timber, 50 tonnes of structural steel, 12900 wall panels and roof cassettes with 1.5million nails used in the manufacture and erection.  Production time was estimated at over 5000 factory man hours superseded by 10000 site man hours during the 22 weeks construction period.  All the timber used in the project was sourced from sustainable forests.

In addition to the closed panel timber frame, other sustainable elements are included such as photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, smart energy and a combined heating and power plant, used to provide efficient heating. Sedum roofs are installed to all the low level flat roofs and the result is that the scheme achieved Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and Secured by Design accreditation.

The scheme received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the North West LABC Excellence Award.

Group Delivery Company: Cruden Construction Ltd