White Horse Care Trust, Swindon

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The extension and modernisation of an existing residential care home for young adults with learning disabilities.


The refurbished 1970s building has been expanded to form a new single-storey extension that meets the latest disabled access requirements and provides improved living facilities for its residents and staff. The bungalow includes six bedrooms, two assisted bathrooms, an ensuite shower room, kitchen, living room, dining area and laundry room.

Beard carefully planned and co-ordinated the project which required a number of specialist sub-contractors to install hydraulic baths which fill and empty automatically. Special hoists were also fitted in the bedrooms and bathrooms for disabled youngsters with mobility issues. Outside, the children have access to a garden and courtyard.


  • Access to the building site was difficult due to its location at the top of a cul-de-sac
  • Deliveries had to be organised around the activities schedule of the neighbouring school
  • Large deliveries of materials had to be carefully co-ordinated and timed to minimise their impact on the neighbouring community


Beard negotiated the use of a pub car park with a local landlord. At the end of the contract the project team landscaped an area of the car park to provide a children’s play area. Deliveries were carefully co-ordinated with stakeholders so that they did not infringe on the neighbouring school’s pick-up and drop-off times.

We were delighted with the quality of Beard’s work and by the very positive and effective communication which existed between the key players involved. Indeed, the willingness of the Beard management team to go that little bit further to ensure that issues were quickly resolved played an important part in the success of the project.”

Ian Spalding, White Horse Care Trust


White Horse Care Trust

Contract value



CMS Bath

Quantity surveyor

8 months

Contract duration

27 weeks


Design and Build

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