The annual ceremony, which recognises the finest in residential care sector building design, features five coveted prizes that are awarded for Best Care Home, Care Village, Independent Living and Regeneration schemes across the UK. Our Pine Martin Grange care home project won the Best New Elderly Care Home award in the Lower Development Budget category.


The two-storey, 64-bedroom development is set within natural woodland and landscaped gardens on the site of Wareham’s former St Martin First School. The site also included a Grade 2 listed church that we refurbished as part of the project and which was subsequently leased to the Parish Council for it to stage community events.

At the ceremony, held at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, Pine Martin Grange was recognised for its vision to create a residential care home that would celebrate life and enhance health and wellbeing. With its well-equipped gymnasium, personal trainer to design programmes for residents and staff along with café, bar, cinema and a complimentary chauffeured car service for residents, Pine Martin Grange had clearly set a new standard for care home development, much to the delight of the Highwood Construction team.

‘We’re understandably very proud that one of our care home projects has been honoured as an exemplar development,’ commented Guy Hayward, Managing Director of Highwood. ‘Over the last fifteen years, we’ve built up a superb portfolio of care home schemes, including a number of landmark construction projects that have drawn praise from our care partners and the residents who continue to value high quality development, sustainable building practices and a vision to enhance the lives of those in their later years – as has been achieved at Pine Martin Grange.’

Designed by Yorkshire based architect, Harris Irwin, Pine Martin Grange was handed over to the new owner and care partner, Mayflower Care Communities, by Highwood when the project was completed in July 2017.