Care home residents celebrate completion of building works on their new Haverhill home

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Suffolk County Council and Care UK were joined by colleagues and residents from Place Court care home in Haverhill to celebrate the completion of the main building works and roof on the new Cleves Place care home, built on the former Chalkstone Middle School site on Millfields Way in the town.

The new care home development includes an adjacent club which will offer day and respite services to help older people living independently in their own homes to enjoy a regular day out treat, keep up with their favourite hobbies, enjoy a freshly cooked meal and make new friends. Cleves Club, as it will be known, will offer full day or by the hour day care.

Councillor Anne Gower, Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, Suffolk County Council, said: “It’s great to see the work to bring this new facility into Haverhill coming to an end. I’m very pleased that soon we will be able to welcome the residents to their new home and to share this place with their families and visitors as well as the wider community. 

“This is yet another key stepping stone in realising our vision we had for high quality long term care in Suffolk.

“The home will provide a range of comfortable and enjoyable facilities and with its friendly and welcoming design I am sure that the residents will be extremely pleased with their new home. Care UK has continued to demonstrate that it is able to invest in and run homes and clubs to the highest quality – I congratulate all those involved in this project.”

The new home and club are part of a county-wide £60 million investment which will directly address Suffolk County Council’s vision for a better provision of older people’s care. The home will have 60 spacious ensuite bedrooms and will provide 24-hour nursing and specialist dementia care, alongside attractive facilities such as a hairdressing salon, cinema, cafĂ© and beautifully landscaped gardens with sitting out areas to enjoy.

Philip Steyn, Regional Director for West Suffolk, Care UK, said: “I am delighted to see the construction of Cleves Place is going so well, as our fifth new development to reach the topping out stage so far in our Suffolk development project.”

“Our construction partner Castleoak will now finish the interior work and landscaping at Cleves Place before we fit out the home with the highest quality furniture and equipment. We look forward to welcoming the first residents to the home, and the first members to the new club, when it opens in January 2015.”

Cleves Place will be Care UK’s fifth home to open, following Mildenhall Lodge in Mildenhall (opened in June), Asterbury Place in Ipswich (opened in July), Davers Court in Bury St Edmunds (will open in August) and Britten Court in Lowestoft (will open in October).

Residents of Place Court care home on Camps Road in Haverhill will have the opportunity to move into Cleves Place when it opens, after which Place Court (which dates from 1959) will close and the site will be returned to Suffolk County Council. All residents and their relatives are being closely consulted with about their options.

For more information on Cleves Place or other Care UK developments across Suffolk visit: www.careuk.com/suffolk-new-homes or call 0333 321 0956.

Photo caption: (Front row) Place Court care home residents, Muriel Healey and Sadie Miller, take a first look at their new state-of-the-art home, Cleves Place. With (Back row, L-R) Place Court carer Lorraine Denley, Care UK Regional Director Philip Steyn, Suffolk County Council Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, Councillor Anne Gower, St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor (Haverhill East ward) Gordon Cox, Place Court Deputy Manager Faye Buckle and Place Court Manager Karen Curle. 

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