A multi-million pound Maidstone care home has marked its latest construction milestone with the help of a special guest.
The Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Marion Ring, joined the Care UK team and representatives from development partner Westlin and construction partners, Lawrence Baker, for a ‘topping out’ ceremony at the new care home on Gidds Pond Way.
The purpose-built care home – which is expected to welcome the first residents in February 2020 – will provide full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 74 older people, with facilities including its own cinema, hairdressing salon and café.
Richard Smith, Director of Design and Construction for Care UK, said: “As the latest addition to a growing portfolio of residential care homes, Invicta Court site represents a major investment for Care UK and reflects our commitment to improving the provision of residential care in the town.
“I am delighted to have been a part of this milestone as we step ever-closer to opening the doors to the people of Maidstone. We are honoured that the Mayor of Maidstone was able to celebrate the occasion with us, and look forward to welcoming her back to the care home once complete. I’d also like to say thank you to our developer Westlin, who has been instrumental in helping us bring this project to fruition.”
Paul Wallis, Site Manager, and Ryan Farrell, Contracts Manager for Lawrence Baker, both added: “It is a pleasure working with Care UK to create a welcoming and fit-for-purpose home – we could not have asked for a more cohesive approach.
“We are proud to be delivering a high-quality facility for the local community that will welcome many residents for years to come.”
Commenting on the topping out ceremony, Tony Collins, Chairman of Kent Medical Campus, said: “This is another exciting milestone in helping to make Kent Medical Campus the county town’s largest employment location.
“The combined presence of Care UK, Cygnet Healthcare and KIMS Hospital means that Kent Medical Campus is fast becoming a centre of healthcare excellence, which when combined with the Innovation Centre and other businesses, will ensure it truly delivers on its promise to be a place where health, science and education come together for the benefit of Maidstone and Kent as a whole.”
Councillor Marion Ring said: “It was a privilege to be a part of this topping out ceremony, marking a milestone in the creation of a fantastic facility which has been built with residents and families in mind. Maidstone will benefit greatly from this state-of-the-art building that will be a welcome addition for the community, and I’m excited to follow the progress of the care home”.