Care UK’s unprecedented home expansion plans took another step forward recently as topping out ceremonies took place at two new homes in Hampshire.
At Dashwoord Manor, in Basingstoke, the mayor of Basingstoke, Councillor Diane Taylor, joined the Care UK team and representatives from specialist construction partner, Highwood, for the ceremony marking the end of building work at the home that will provide full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 70 older people.
Cllr Diane Taylor said: “I was delighted to take part in this special topping out ceremony in which the final tile is laid on the roof of the building. This is an important milestone in the construction of a new care home in Basingstoke, which will bring to our town an excellent purpose-built facility for local residents. I will be following its progress with interest and look forward to next year’s official opening.”
Peter Griffiths, development project manager for Care UK, said: “As one of the latest additions to a growing portfolio of residential care homes, the Basingstoke site represents a major investment for Care UK, and reflects our commitment to improving the provision of residential care in the town.”
The home includes its own cinema, hair salon and café and has been 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.
Forty miles away in Sarisbury Green, the Mayor of Fareham Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant, joined the Care UK team and representatives from specialist construction partner, Brymor, for a topping out ceremony at Ancasta Grove.
The purpose-built care home – which is expected to welcome the first residents in March 2021 – will provide full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 75 older people, with facilities including its own cinema, hair salon and café.
Natalie Smith, development project manager for Care UK, said: “It was great to celebrate such a key milestone in the construction process, marking another step closer to opening the doors to the people of Sarisbury Green. The home represents a major investment for Care UK and reflects our commitment to improving the provision of residential care in the town.”
Cllr Bryant welcomed the home saying Sarisbury Green will benefit greatly from the addition of the state-of-the-art home as well as the jobs that it will bring.
Care UK is proud to be building so many modern and fit for purpose new care homes - we have opened 44 new homes since 2013 and expect to open around 20 new homes by the end of 2021 in other locations including Quorn, Basingstoke, Haywards Heath and Chichester.