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Seven care homes now in progress for Care UK’s Suffolk programme
Topping out at Asterbury Place

We are now on site with seven of the ten new care homes in Care UK’s £45 million Suffolk reprovisioning programme. The programme will replace Suffolk County Council’s former care homes and wellbeing centres by 2016.

Chris Hopkinson, Regional Operations Director, Care UK, said: “The Suffolk plan is making excellent progress and Castleoak, as our development partner, has been fundamental to the success achieved so far.”

Castleoak Partnerships Director, Phil Andrews, responsible for overall programme delivery, said: “Our planning team at Castleoak has worked tirelessly to achieve planning on eight sites so far. The focus is now moving to construction.

“Our understanding of Care UK’s detailed needs, coupled with our extensive experience of the care sector, and partnership approach, is delivering results.”

The first two care homes to get underway, Asterbury Place in Ipswich and Mildenhall Lodge in Mildenhall, have recently celebrated with topping out ceremonies. Both are due to open in summer 2014.

Castleoak identified and purchased two of the care home sites and is providing extensive planning consultancy on all ten.

Steve Rickard, Head of Planning at Castleoak, said: “Planning permission has been secured on eight sites to date, with permission on the final two homes expected in a few weeks. We’re on track to deliver all ten consents in a little over a year.”

For more information on Care UK’s Suffolk programme, visit

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