The Optimum Group are thrilled to have secured another principal contractor project with long-standing client, Cedar Care Homes. Project Sunnymead is progressing swiftly, with the plastering and decorating now both in full swing at the 70+ room care home in Southmead, Bristol. Completion is due October, synchronising perfectly with the start of another collaborative residential care home build for Cedar Care
The newly attained site is situated in Almondsbury, just off junction 16 of the M5, neighbouring both Bristol & South Gloucestershire. The prospective plan aims to deliver a modern 63 bedroom residential care home featuring a café, restaurant, and cinema to utilise the 6 acres of land available for development.
Site cabins were delivered in early June and work on the foundations has advanced since we were on-site at the official breaking ground ceremony (see pictures left) with the client.
To be able to manage another care home project as a principal contractor for Cedar Care, in quick succession, is a true honour for us, and to celebrate something so positive following a difficult 18 months has given us hope for the future of the Business and Industry alike. Optimum Group Founder & Managing Director had this to say about Project Almondsbury getting underway:
“This is the next step in an exciting phase of growth for the Optimum Group working with Cedar Care Homes. Unlike our previous project, refurbishing Sunnymead Manor, we are building Almondsbury from scratch. This will give us the opportunity to provide a superb facility, tailored for the residents, and a home that is designed to cater to many complex and challenging needs.
This project enables our clients to continue to successfully offer a service to a group of people who tend to be forgotten about and to ease the burden on other care homes in the area who may struggle to manage the multifaceted needs of some individuals.”
We also caught up with Cedar’s CEO, C at our breaking ground ceremony who is looking forward to developing another care home to add to his company’s extensive portfolio, over the next 80+ weeks:
“Having worked with Simon & the Optimum team on a number of our Care homes, predominantly drylining and decorating packages, over the past 10 years it seemed a natural choice to entrust them with the Principal Contractor role at Sunnymead.
With Sunnymead scheduled for completion in October 2021 we felt more than comfortable to give Optimum the go-ahead to commence the Almondsbury care home as we are confident that with their involvement, we will be ready for residents in the latter part of 2022”
Anticipated to finish in November 2022, there is certainly a lot to be done to get this project up and running. As shown in the picture (left) the muck away process is underway, groundworks are being set and the concrete has arrived on site. We are managing the preparation stage of the build whilst ensuring our surrounding community, environments, and conservations are treated with the utmost respect and care, as part of the Considerate Contractors Scheme (CSS), with which we are proud to be associated with.
The site itself actually includes a folly, and we will be restoring this for the prospective residents, as it has been classed as an arboretum with several rare types of trees. Identified species include; Black Walnuts, Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus Altissina, Ginkgo, Magnolias, and the aptly named Blue Cedar, all of which we will ensure will be protected during the build.
Adam Radcliffe, our project manager, and his team will be working closely with the local council to ensure that all of the natural fauna and wildlife on this site will be Safeguarded. We feel it is very important to maintain the local landscape to ensure that all nature enthusiasts, visitors, future residents and their families can enjoy these natural surroundings for many years to come.