LOCAL civil engineering company Heming Group has been awarded a key contract to provide the groundworks at an Evesham site set to become a state-of-the art £6.6m care home.

Family run Heming Services Limited, part of Heming Group, won the bid after beating off competition from several other top firms. It was awarded to the company – based in Willersey, near Broadway – by Shropshire-based Beneficial Contracts Limited, the innovative design and build construction company run by, Matt Whitthread, who has consulted on a host of TV programmes such as Grand Designs and Honey I Ruined The House.

The 69 bed luxury care home, due for completion in January 2017, is being built on the site of Evesham’s former ambulance station at the junction of Davies Road and Cheltenham Road. Designs for the scheme, submitted by Surrey-based Restful Homes Group, include a cinema, restaurant, bar and a hairdresser’s salon.

Peter Heming, managing director of Heming Group, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this project which is central to our target market. We will be on site for a year, building a basement and laying the foundations for the scheme. The development is in an ideal location close to our Cotswolds headquarters.”

Mr Whitthread added: “We employ local contractors where possible and in Heming Group we have employed the best local contractor. The company was very professional when we approached them and were clearly very keen to undertake the work. It’s crucial to get off to a good start on a project like this and with Heming Group doing the groundworks we are in safe hands.”

Heming Group, which has been operating for more than 50 years, has more than 40 employees, comprises Heming Civil Engineering and Construction Contractors, Major Building Services, Ford Electrical and Heming Agricultural and Plant Engineers. The company recently announced it was moving into domestic plumbing services and creating five jobs.