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Trident completes extensive refurb at one of Europe’s largest retirement villages

Trident Construction Services has completed its largest refurbishment contract to date after a £2.2m modernisation project at Lark Hill Retirement Village, near Nottingham.

The company remodelled and upgraded a number of communal, staff and visitor areas at the site, which is the run by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

The work included refurbishing and modernising the bar and bistro, village hall and stage, reception, and main thoroughfares, the Skylark Lounge, craft and multi-use rooms, the gym, yoga studio and changing rooms, the hairdressing salon, launderette, along with staff rooms and staff sleeping quarters, and a guest suite apartment.

Lark Hill, situated on the outskirts of Nottingham at Clifton, remained occupied throughout the 42-week project, which was completed in six phases and on budget.

Craig Johnston, a director at Trident Construction Services, based at Clay Cross, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, and Contracts Manager for the project, said: “We were delighted to have been awarded this contract at Lark Hill, helping to enhance facilities for residents and staff.

“Meticulous communication and planning for this extensive and inspiring scheme was imperative, given the nature of the site and the fact that it remained occupied throughout the entire programme of modernisation work.

“We are proud to have built up an excellent relationship with the village staff and residents during the course of this phased remodelling and refurbishment scheme, which has provided Lark Hill with some excellent new modern facilities.

“Trident has previous experience of working in the care sector at Kettering Hospital, the Royal British Legion care home Galanos House in Warwickshire, and ExtraCare’s Pannel Croft Village in Newtown, Birmingham, but this was our most extensive and long-running project to date, and we couldn’t be more proud of the result.”

Lark Hill has 327 one and two bedroom apartments and bungalows, and is home to more than 400 residents. Built in 2009, it came under the spotlight when it featured in Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for Four-year-olds in 2018.

The refurbishment project has been a significant investment in the site.

Kevan Murray, Location Manager at Lark Hill, said: “This project has been ExtraCare’s most adventurous and comprehensive modernisation project to date.

“The team worked extremely hard whilst retaining a person-centred approach which has been unique and refreshing. Ultimately, I couldn’t have hoped for a better team of people to work with on this project.

“This project absolutely helps us to deliver on our mission “better lives for older people”, and on top of communal spaces for our residents, Trident have also supported with staff areas, meeting rooms, training suites, sleep-in rooms, offices and guest suite for family and friends to stay over. All these areas have been completed to a very high standard, transforming the look and feel of the environment which will again, I feel, help take us to the next level.”

Other members of the Trident team included director and Quantity Surveyor Jamie Keegans and Project Manager Aiden Hawkins. Employers Agent for the scheme was Baily Garner LLP, architect was Nicol Thomas Architects, while Engineering Services Design (ESD) provided mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy.

Trident Construction Services is a principal contractor with a passion for collaboratively delivering quality construction projects. The company works across the care, education, healthcare, commercial and heritage sectors, and provides new build, extension/conversion, refurbishment, regeneration, repair and maintenance, and consultancy services.

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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust is the UK's leading not-for-profit retirement village developer. Since 1988, ExtraCare has opened retirement villages and smaller housing developments around its Midlands base and further South. Today it supports older people in 16 retirement villages and four housing schemes.

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