Our project to build a 60-bed care home on the site of a former creamery in Sturminster Newton was part of a substantial project to develop a £6 million residential scheme of 41 houses and Jubilee Court, a small residential development as well as retail, offices and a class B1 employment building.
The creamery is a historically significant property that was originally a workers cooperative founded in 1913 to supply dairy foodstuffs to the local community; it changed ownership a number of times, but closed down permanently in 2000.
Now known as Newstone House, we sold the property to our partner, specialist care home operator Colten Care, in 2010. Today it is a successful residential, nursing and dementia home with dedicated facilities for those with specialist needs and the building is split into six groups of high quality care. The environment is secure and welcoming, with lovely gardens and a roof terrace with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
Throughout the consultation phase of this project, we remained sensitive to the concerns of the residents of this ancient market town. Highwood held a series of public exhibitions and meetings to ensure the mixed-use development would support small-scale economic activity, extend the range of services available to the local community and enhance the local environment. We are proud to have succeeded in every area of the scheme.