Posted on the 10 Jun 2015
Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, LNT Construction is a leading care home developer delivering turnkey care homes across the UK.
Each home built by LNT Construction is fully fitted and is completed to the highest levels of quality throughout.
Over the past 24 years, LNT Construction has built up a fantastic reputation within the industry for delivering works efficiently and on programme. The company regularly receives building excellence awards by Local Authorities and is always looking to the future with more and more projects on the horizon.
Keen to find out a little bit more about what makes LNT Construction tick, Premier Construction recently caught up with the company’s Managing Director, Christine Cooper to get the lowdown on the care home developer. Christine told us about the company’s latest development in Leeds as well as a couple of recent developments which have continued to demonstrate LNT Construction’s commitment to excellence.
“We specialise in designing, building and commissioning care homes for older people. We have been operating since 1991, when our chairman Lawrence Tomlinson set up the company, and we have consistently delivered 600 care beds per year for at least the past eight years.
“We started working on projects in Yorkshire, before expanding to the North West, down the M1 into Nottinghamshire, along the M6 into Birmingham and then into the South East with sites in Peterborough, Dunstable, Huntingdon. We currently have planning applications in Halesowen and Lincoln and even as far south as Andover.
“Many of our care homes are operated by our sister company, Ideal Carehomes, which is part of the LNT Group, however we regularly build care homes for other companies.”
LNT’s most recent project is Theaker Lane, a 64-bed care home constructed on a former factory site in Leeds. The project reached completion in February 2015 and continues to operate as planned.
“Theaker Lane is a three-storey care home, with 64 en-suite bedrooms. The building includes quiet spaces such as lounges, for use by all the residents, and a garden space for residents to be able to go outside whenever they want to.”
As with all of LNT Construction’s buildings, the Theaker Lane care home utilises renewable resources including ground source heat pumps to heat the building, solar roof panels which help to heat the water, and LED lighting to reduce the amount of energy the building consumes. Such is the efficiency of the development the building not only meets all current targets of a structure of this type, it actually exceeds them.
“The building nestles into its surroundings very well and looks as if it has always been a part of the landscape, enhancing the area.”
Another project which was successfully delivered within a week of the Theaker Lane site was the Buckingham Lodge Care Home in Aylesbury. Similar to the Leeds-based care home, Buckingham Lodge Care Home is a three-storey, 64-bed care home boasting an array of high quality finishes.
“To date this is our most southern site and fits into a new development area in Aylesbury. We sailed through the planning stages with this site – which we sold to Anchor – and as with our other care home, Buckingham Lodge really finishes off the surrounding area quite nicely.
“Anchor is extremely pleased with the development and we are now on our second home for them, this time Clayburn Court in Peterborough.”
“The feedback that we have had from Anchor has been fantastic. We told Anchor, 11 months previously, that we would deliver their first care home on a specific date, and we did it as discussed.”
Current and future projects for LNT Construction include Maple Tree Court in Kidsgrove – which is due to reach completion in August 2015 – and London Road in Dunstable, which will arrive in Spring 2016. Maple Tree Court is a two-storey building comprising 64 bedrooms, whilst London Road is a three-storey building which will include 66 bedrooms.
Due to the temperamental weather conditions which the UK experienced during the first quarter of 2015, the Kidsgrove project had fallen behind schedule by two weeks, but that was something which Christine was not willing to let sabotage LNT’s construction programme.
“When we do encounter problems we always work around them. The Kidsgrove project had fallen two weeks behind on our schedule, but we haven’t accepted that, so instead we looked at how we could alter our schedule in order to finish when we said we would.”
Maintaining momentum whilst ensuring high levels of quality is the true success of LNT Construction and it is something which the company will continue to strive for with all its future developments.
“At our peak we delivered 18 care homes in one year and the only real thing which is stopping us from reaching that peak again is finding suitable sites. We have the infrastructure and we are always looking for the right site.”
“Keeping up our pace is crucial and it is something which we take great pride in.”
For more information about LNT Construction, including the company’s portfolio of projects, please visit: www.lntconstruction.co.uk.
PHS Laundryserv is a national organisation with more than 40 years’ experience, specialising in the supply, installation and service of quality commercial laundry equipment, including washers, dryers and ironers from leading manufacturers Primus and Miele. PHS Laundryserv offers a comprehensive back-up service for all its equipment through its national network of Field service engineers and operates a dedicated call centre service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
PHS pride itself in providing exceptional service support with an eight-hour response service and a 96% first time fix rate. This ensures all its customers’ issues are dealt with quickly and professionally.
As the UK distributor for Primus and also a Miele Professional Partner PHS ensure that all its machines, parts and services meet the high standards expected of its manufacturers – ensuring high quality and reliability at all times.
PHS Laundryserv are able to undertake laundry design services and laundry management and can assist in all aspects of the Laundry design and implementation through specialist installs and a project management team that are fully CAD qualified. The company can assist in the full site survey and implementation, making recommendations to ensure the optimum environment for the laundry equipment and its users.
PHS Laundryserv equipment is used in a variety of sectors where there is laundry to be processed such as care homes, hotels, launderettes, universities, MOD, NHS and other large institutions.
Working with LNT Construction, PHS Laundryserv were asked to provide a quotation for fitting out a laundry facility at the company’s new care home, Meadow View Lodge. This included advice on suitable equipment, detailed site surveys, close liaison with site management and timely installation of equipment to ensure that the laundry was completed before hand-over. Equipment was commissioned and the laundry staff were trained prior to opening.
Danielle Noakes of PHS Laundryserv, said:
“The care home sector is a key sector for PHS Laundryserv and with that in mind all our washers are WRAS approved and provide high level of infection control, in addition PHS Laundryserv provide an 8 hour service response to all our care sector customers to ensure that any equipment faults have minimum impact on the day-to-day operation of the care home.
“LNT is a premier care home customer for PHS Laundryserv and having now completed a number of sites for them over the last three years, PHS Laundryserv understands the importance of the attention to detail that LNT ask from all their suppliers. This is a good business partnership which works well at all levels and results in a high standard of performance with a great outcome.”
Q-Gen Renewable Heat
Q-Gen Renewable Heat specialises in the design, supply and installation of heat pumps for an array of projects throughout the UK. The company is part of a 30 year old, established group, which has offices in the UK and Asia.
Q-Gen Renewable Heat and the group works from a 70,000 sq ft, reclaimed mill in West Yorkshire, supplying to customers including Tesco, ASDA and Plumb Centre Ltd amongst others. In addition, Q-Gen Renewable Heat has worked on many bespoke and innovative domestic and commercial properties.
Dan Cannon, Director of Q-Gen Renewable Heat, said:
“The work we conduct can range in size, depending on what the project is, but we are capable of working on anything, from a one-bedroom flat to a 1,000sq m, £8 million house.”
As well as the aforementioned schemes, Q-Gen Renewable Heat has a long-standing working relationship with LNT Construction, which has seen the company involved with a considerable number of its projects over the past four years. Recent projects that Q-Gen Renewable Heat has been involved with include Theaker Lane Care Home and Buckingham Lodge Care Home. Q-Gen Renewable Heat is currently involved with the Maple Tree Court project in Kidsgrove.
“We have a great working relationship with LNT Construction and have been involved with around 70% of their projects since we first started working together. This relationship is extremely important to us.
“We provide low cost renewable heat so that each care home pays less for its heating and receives a 20 year RHI (Renewable Heat Inventive) tariff, the RHI more than covers the capital installation costs as it can provide thousands of pounds a year in return – very similar to the feed in tariff for solar PV. To date we have completed 13 care homes for LNT Construction.”
“At Q-Gen Renewable Heat we are very proud of our approach to customer service, as well as the quality of our work. We are able to guide customers through all the required aspects of heat installations, so that they are informed about everything needed for the job.”