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About us

Brunel Spire LLP is the development company behind the hugely successful Careline Lifestyles Group and the recently established Inspired Homes residential property company. Established as a family partnership in 2010 with headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, the company has enabled Careline Lifestyles to grow their care home offer across the North East of England and has a record of delivering quality developments and quality care. Brunel Spire leads the property development on behalf of both Careline Lifestyles and Inspired Homes, with an impressively ambitious development programme.

Our team offers unrivalled experience in the North East of England of the development and provision of quality care services, enabling us to deliver property development, facilities management and business services across all of the group. As a family owned business we are a values driven organisation, and hold fundamental in all business operations the following values;

Our values


We uphold the highest ethical standards. Our commitment to maintaining integrity is at the core of what we do.


Quality is fundamental to our work. Our intellect, experience and skills deliver the ultimate product. We always strive to exceed expectations.


We pride ourselves on creative and innovative solutions to complex and multi-faceted challenges.


Delivery is our ‘watchword’. Our track record speaks for itself.

Business objectives

  • To be the most respected company in our field – placing excellence and partnership at the heart of all we do 
  • To be consistently profitable, taking a long-term, sustainable and socially responsible approach
  • To be a great company to work for and with

Business values

  • Embracing diversity, equality and respect
  • Valuing people and helping them to realise their full potential
  • Promoting happiness, well-being and work-life balance
  • Encouraging teamwork based on honesty, openness and trust in a blame-free culture
  • Adopting a responsible attitude to the environment
  • Putting something tangible back into the community
  • Embracing the principles of collaboration, innovation and excellent customer service

Who we are

Dr Sharma

Dr. SB Sharma

Managing Partner

Founder and Managing Partner of Brunel Spire Dr Sharma is a highly respected, healthcare professional having practiced as a General Practitioner in County Durham for many years. Since 1986, Dr Sharma has opened numerous residential/nursing homes for residents with acquired brain injuries, neurological, learning and physical disabilities. He has pioneered the cause for this group of individuals, having the vision, determination and expertise to develop a number of state of the art facilities which provide an exemplary high standard of care and are situated within local communities promoting equality and inclusion.

Rahul Sharma

Mr Rahul Sharma

Managing Partner

Rahul joined Careline Lifestyles shortly after leaving University where he graduated in Law, gaining his professional legal qualifications in 1999. Rahul was appointed Director of the Careline Lifestyles Group shortly afterwards. In 2001 Rahul was appointed Managing Director of the Careline Lifestyles Group and has overseen the recent expansion of the business and portfolio. He has responsibility for overseeing the day to day managerial issues and the development and growth strategy of the business.

James Laidler

James Laidler

Director of Development

A graduated of Sheffield Hallam University James obtained membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as an MRICS qualified Chartered Surveyor in 1999. James has worked for local, regional, national and international surveying firms, and has over 15 years professional experience working within the residential and commercial property sector. Having joined Brunel Spire as Director of Development in January 2014 James is responsible for the acquisition of development sites for both Careline Lifestyles and Inspired Homes for future care home and residential development.

John Buchanan

John Buchanan

Development Co-ordinator

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree is an MRICS qualified Quantity Surveyor. Having joined Careline Lifestyles in 2005, he has project managed the development of St Aiden’s Court, Bearpark; St Stephen’s Court, Newcastle; Bowes Court and Lyons Court, Evenwood; Lanchester Court, Wrekenton; St Stephen’s Spire, Newcastle (part of St Stephen’s Court complex); Nevilles’ Court, Durham and most recently Deneside Court, Jarrow. Currently, John is project managing our latest development at Hart Lodge, Hartlepool. John is responsible for the daily project management of all new and existing projects, including refurbishment, redevelopment and extensions.

What we do

Helping to meet the increasing need for residential accommodation by delivering new high quality affordable homes to inspire home owners and revitalise communities. Established in 2010, Brunel Spire has been responsible for acquiring sites and delivering state of the art, purpose built care homes for its sister company Careline Lifestyles, which provides specialist care for adults with mental health needs, neurological, learning and physical disabilities. With the assistance of Brunel Spire, Careline Lifestyles now operates 10 homes across the North East of England. Brunel Spire is currently developing a site in Hartlepool whilst a second site in Middlesbrough is earmarked for future care home development.

More recently Brunel Spire activity has expanded into the development of high quality low cost, small scale, niche housing developments, to be delivered through the new housing development division, Inspired Homes. Brunel Spire is in the process of delivering its first development for Inspired Homes in Sunderland. The site has already been acquired and planning permission has been granted for the construction of 14 low cost houses which should commence in Autumn 2014.

Our companies

Careline Lifestyles is a leading independent provider of high quality nursing and residential care, specialising in acquired brain injuries, neurological, mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities for people over 18 years of age, based in the North East of England.

Established in 2006, Careline Lifestyles operate care homes throughout the North East of England and have acquired additional sites for development in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. Our subsidiary company, DCL (USA) Inc operates a high quality care and bespoke support for the elderly in California, USA and is licensed to care for dementia and to offer hospice services and respite care.

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Durham Careline Limited was established in 1986 and was a pioneer in developing specialist residential and nursing units for people with neurological, learning and complex physical disabilities. It also operates a specialist elderly care home for people for people who may have dementia, residential or nursing needs.

Durham Careline operates St Bede’s Cottage, St Aiden’s Cottage, Nevilles Cross, Bowes Court and Lyons Court in Durham and Bishop Auckland.

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Brunel Spire LLP 
Horsley House North
Regent Centre 
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Tel: 0191 284 0231
Fax: 0191 284 4056