A £6.5 million Shinfield care home has marked its latest construction milestone with the help of a special guest.
The Chairman of Shinfield Parish Council, Councillor Andrew Grimes, joined the Care UK team and representatives from specialist construction partner, Castleoak, for a ‘topping out’ ceremony at Parsons Grange, on Hollow Lane.
The purpose-built care home – which is expected to welcome the first residents in June 2020 – will provide full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 68 older people, with facilities including its own cinema, hair salon and café.
Peter Griffiths, development project manager for Care UK, said: “As the latest addition to a growing portfolio of residential care homes, the Shinfield 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 Shinfield. We are honoured that the Chairman of the Parish Council was able to celebrate the occasion with us and we look forward to welcoming him back to the care home once it’s complete.”
Carl Wilson, Construction Manager for Castleoak, added: “It is a pleasure working with Care UK yet again – this is our 22nd project together over 19 years. We’re delighted to be creating a welcoming and fit-for-purpose care home – we could not have asked for a more cohesive approach.
“We are proud to be delivering a high quality care home for the local community that will welcome many residents for years to come.”
The Chairman of Shinfield Parish Council, Councillor Andrew Grimes, said: “It was a privilege to be a part of this topping out ceremony, marking a milestone in the construction of a fantastic facility which has been built with residents and families in mind. Shinfield will benefit greatly from this state-of-the-art building that will be a welcome addition for the community, and I’m excited to continue to follow the progress of the care home”.
The care home has officially been named ‘Parsons Grange’ after Louisa Parsons, a nurse trained by Florence Nightingale. Decorated for her service in the British Army, she also founded the University of Maryland School of Nursing, before moving back to England and spending the latter part of her life in Shinfield.
Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, the new care home will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the building will be configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close knit communities.
For more information about Parsons Grange, please visit careuk.com/parsons-grange