Real appointed by Cornerstone Healthcare on £9m care home build

04 October 2021

Real appointed by Cornerstone Healthcare on £9m care home build
Contractor and developer Real has been appointed by Cornerstone Healthcare to build a new £9m, 80-bed care home in Bristol.


The project, designed by Northstar on behalf of care home operator Cornerstone, borders on the districts of Hengrove, Bishopsworth and Knowle and will see Real create an attractive care home split over two and three storeys.

Once completed, Cornerstone will operate the scheme, which forms part of the redevelopment of the current Imperial Park – a long-standing retail park built on the former site of the historic Imperial Tobacco Factory.

The site is already home to numerous retail stores, a housing development and supermarket on the northside of the park. The care home will stand between these two schemes, effectively completing the park.

Plans for the project include 80 en-suite bedrooms, office spaces, lounge areas, hairdressing amenities, a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities and a rooftop terrace. The home is specifically designed in accordance with dementia-friendly acoustics and appropriate for the complex needs of Cornerstone’s residents.

The scheme will be built to a certified BREEAM Excellent standard and will include air-source heat pumps to back up gas boilers and an array of photovoltaic cells on the flat roof, to promote environmental sustainability in the running of the home.

Johann van Zyl, CEO of Cornerstone Healthcare Group Ltd, said: “This is an important day for us as we continue to expand our award-winning complex care services across England. We

are delighted to be supported by some of the best companies in the healthcare sector. Real and Northstar are experts in their field, and we know that they will provide us with the best environment for the complex needs of our residents.

“We are very proud of the ‘green’ credentials of this build, which will lead the way for all Cornerstone’s future developments.”

Paul Nicholls, Chief Executive at Real, said: “This is another significant older persons’ project for us. It supports our vison in delivering sustainable accommodation that will meet the future needs of our ageing population in a well thought out master plan involving housing, retail and leisure. We’re also thrilled to be able to collaborate with Cornerstone and Northstar – we have aligned visions and we’re ready to deliver an excellent scheme with them.”

Danny Sharpe, Director at Northstar, designed the new care home – the latest development that the architecture, planning and project management company has worked on with Cornerstone. He said: “Bristol City Council is one of the leading authorities on climate change and sustainability, so from the outset I wanted to come up with a design which would utilise low-carbon technologies and renewable energy. Also, Cornerstone Healthcare is very committed to cutting its carbon footprint, so we agreed this scheme should be one which would set new standards for green care home design.”

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