Reflecting on the multi-million-pound refurbishment of Beddell House

Work to restore the Grade II listed residential care home was completed by Esh Living earlier this year.

Following its start in September 2017, the two-and-a-half-year project has transformed the accommodation and provision for residents, providing a luxurious and attractive place to live. 

Delivered on behalf of Sherburn House Charity Ltd, full internal and external refurbishment works were completed across six phases, providing a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments with bathroom and living room, communal areas, dining area, and a new catering kitchen. 

Adopting a high-end, hotel style décor, the client wanted a non-institutional design that removed the stigma associated with care homes.  Residents now benefit from a communal cinema room, bar, lounge, salon, and an orangery which they can access all year round. A subtle approach to wayfinding is included throughout, supporting those suffering from dementia. 

Improvements to the building’s environmental efficiency were incorporated into the design through the installation of a new energy efficient heating system. While also considering the buildings listed status, the windows have been replaced with historically appropriate versions which utilise double-glazing. 

The residential home remained occupied and operational throughout the works being completed, with residents being decanted only when necessary and disruption kept to a minimum. By hosting monthly coffee mornings, we were able to create good working relationships with staff and residents. 

Spanning across three Christmas periods, we hosted festive events each December, including gifts for each resident, raffles, and a festive afternoon where residents and staff took part in bingo, watched a Christmas movie and heard from a local school choir.  

A key objective of the scheme was to Procure Locally, with 83 per cent of suppliers and subcontractors being located within 30 miles of the site. 

The charity staff and trustees are grateful to the professionals that have worked on site and off, during this complex project to ensure a first-class facility that promotes and preserves local heritage for generations to come.” 

Pauline Bishop, Chief Executive, Sherburn House