£1.5m refurbishment of care home finished

James Hopkinson, partner at Blake Hopkinson Architects and Mark Connor, operations manager at Turney Wylde Construction at Keir Hardie Court.
James Hopkinson, partner at Blake Hopkinson Architects and Mark Connor, operations manager at Turney Wylde Construction at Keir Hardie Court.
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Work has been completed at a sheltered housing and retirement home in south east Northumberland.

Blake Hopkinson Architects and construction firm Turney Wylde have transformed Keir Hardie Court in Newbiggin with a £1.5m refurbishment.

The work was part of housing association Bernicia’s 8,000-home portfolio.

The outdated building has been transformed into a modern and contemporary scheme with dramatic improvements to the internal communal areas including the corridors, lounge and dining spaces as well as upgrading the car parks and external environment and gardens.

As well as improving access into the garden itself and ensuring a more natural flow between the interior and outside areas of the building, the project also included the creation of a private garden area and the introduction of a raised patio terrace, as well as soft and hard landscaping.

Internally, extensive work has been carried out to the communal lounge, dining and kitchen areas with particular attention also paid to improving corridors to transform them into brighter and more airy spaces.

Mel Baynes, care and support manager at Bernicia, said: “Keir Hardie Court now offers extensive, high quality facilities including a scooter store, a hairdressing salon, a beautiful communal lounge and kitchen and accessible, landscaped gardens.

“We are delighted with how bright and modern the scheme now looks both internally and externally.”