New £4.75m care home opens in Brentwood

L-R Claire Watson (Company Secretary), Sean Watson (Director), Sheila Watson (Company Director) and at the bottom Graham Tallyn (RBS)
L-R Claire Watson (Company Secretary), Sean Watson (Director), Sheila Watson (Company Director) and at the bottom Graham Tallyn (RBS)

A new state of the art care home is set to open in Brentwood last week. Howard Lodge II is a new 68 bedroom care home facility for the elderly, located within beautiful park like gardens in Kelvendon Common, surrounded by Essex countryside.


The home is owned and run by St Michaels Homes Ltd who secured funding to support the project from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) using the bank’s Funding for Lending scheme (FLS).


St Michaels Homes Ltd constructed the new facility in the grounds of its existing home Howard Lodge which will be demolished as a result of the completion of the new home.


Incorporating fresh and up to date design Howard Lodge II will provide residents and staff with much improved and modern facilities and more accommodation than its predecessor. Bed capacity has been increased from 44 to 68 and all rooms have en-suite facilities. Howard Lodge II also offers its residents a hairdressers, sun terrace/balcony’s, activity and training facility, day care centre, tea room, dining and living rooms on each wing and landscaped gardens. The new facilities will benefit existing residents as well as providing increased space for newcomers welcomed to the home.


Sean Watson, Director at St Michaels Homes Ltd said: “We are thrilled that the home is now ready to re-open and that all our hard work has come to fruition. It has taken well over a year for the construction work to complete but the new facility is excellent and exactly as we had hoped.


We have been extremely fortunate that our residents have experienced only minimal disruption during the build period and have not had to be re-housed at any point during the process. Our commitment of care to our residents has remained our utmost priority and their response to the new facility has been fantastic.


“I’d like to thank RBS for their support with this project. The relationship we have developed with them during this period has been fantastic and the service and advice we have received has been excellent.”


Graham Tallyn, Relationship Director, Healthcare at RBS explains: “I am delighted that Howard Lodge II is now up and running and that we have been able to support this new development.

“The new facility is excellent and the home complements perfectly the superb levels of care staff at St Michaels Homes offer. As with many areas across the UK, demand for residential care is on the rise in our region so it is great to be involved with a project that will help to address a very real issue facing our local population.”


St Michaels Homes Ltd was established by Managing Director Sheila Watson in 1991. Sheila trained as a registered nurse & midwife followed by 25 years in midwifery, followed by five years as a health advisor to the elderly & obtained a diploma in gerontology. With this experience, care of residents comes from the top down which can be seen by the way the residents are cared for by staff and quality inspections. St Michaels Homes Ltd also operates a care home called Dudbrook Hall, which is a large style manor house dating back to the 1600 adjacent to Howard Lodge.


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