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Suffolk reprovisioning programme gets underway!

We have started work on the first of ten care homes with wellbeing centres for older people in the Suffolk externalisation programme for leading operator, Care UK.

Castleoak is the construction partner to Care UK on the programme, and we are to design and build ten care homes and wellbeing centres in the county over the next two years.  We are also providing planning consultancy support, and have successfully achieved planning permission for three further projects, three more applications have been submitted and the final three are being prepared.

The new, 80-bed care home for older people (see computer-generated image above) will be built at Aster Road on the site of the former Chantry Infant School, which was demolished when the school moved to the adjacent primary school site.  The wellbeing centre will offer day care clubs and activities for older people who live independently in the wider community.

“We had been in a position to undertake some enabling works ahead of our site start this week, which has meant we hit the ground running,” said Mel Knight, Castleoak Group Chief Executive.

“We are really delighted to start work on a home which will offer local people a great caring environment in which to live and work.”

The design of the new care home, which will provide nursing care and specialist dementia care services, is spacious, light and airy, with many communal areas for residents to meet with family, friends and fellow residents. The generously sized bedrooms are all ensuite with shower facilities and to give a homely feel, small groups of residents will share their own dining room and lounge. The new home also has a garden and sitting out area and attractive facilities including a café and hairdressers on the ground floor and small cinema on the upper floor.

The wellbeing centre will provide day care activities and clubs which will help older people to maintain their independence for longer in their own homes and give valuable respite services for family carers.

Work will start on the next care home project, at Mildenhall, later this month, with enabling works already underway there.

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