A BRAND new £9.2 million care home is in the pipeline to be built in Bracknell.

Construction company Stepnell has secured a new project, which will see a new dementia care home being built in the borough.

It has secured funding for the Heathlands Dementia Care Home, a £9.2 million two-stage scheme that will deliver the design and build of a 66-bed care unit.

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Tom Wakeford, joint managing director at Stepnell, said: “We’re incredibly happy that our health and safety measures have proved effective throughout lockdown and allowed us to continue delivering high-quality schemes despite the difficult circumstances the whole industry, and country, is facing.”

The family-owned firm has recently secured projects across all its regions, including three in the South of England.

He added: “All of our regional teams have been working incredibly hard to secure new opportunities and make sure that we emerge from this pandemic in the best possible position. It’s been a difficult period for the construction industry, but we’re positive that Stepnell will come out the other end with a strong team and a strong portfolio to match."

The construction partner employed a variety of health and safety measures during the lockdown period to ensure that sites could continue to operate safely without disruption.

These measures included staggered eating times in the canteen, asking staff and subcontractors to travel and work independently, implementing social distancing using the two-metre rule and increasing the regularity of cleaning on site.