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Castleoak development celebrates key milestone for Abbeyfield
Abbeyfield Southampton topping out

A state-of-the-art residential care home, which is set to open in Southampton in April 2019, marked a key milestone in its construction last week.

The development conceived by Castleoak was officially ‘topped out’ by Douglas Webb, Director of Retirement Living at The Abbeyfield Society. The project is Abbeyfield’s first leasehold care home.

The event to mark the placing of the last beam atop the structure was also attended by local MPs Mims Davies and Royston Smith, Gary Walker of the Dementia Action Alliance and Sion Rees, Operations Director - Construction at Castleoak.

The 80-bed Speedwell Court care home will offer future residents a home finished to the highest possible standards. It will boast an impressive array of facilities including a hair salon, café and an on-site pub, appropriately named ‘The Abbeyfield Arms’, and is set within a safe, secure and caring environment. The project aims to achieve the highly coveted Stirling University Gold accreditation for dementia care design.

Richard Virr, The Abbeyfield Society’s Director of Development, said the ceremony was an exciting moment for the charity. "We are delighted at how this project is progressing and that it has reached this key milestone, taking us one step closer to opening."

"We’re looking forward to getting this specialist development operational, providing the highest quality of care to the older people in Southampton, not only for our residents but to local people in the form of activities and events, and bringing up to 100 new jobs and volunteering opportunities to the local economy" he added.

"The Speedwell Court development was conceived by Castleoak" said Doug Jones, Managing Director at Castleoak. "We identified the requirement for additional specialist care in Southampton, acquired the site, secured funding and the leasehold agreement with Abbeyfield. Our construction team is now making great progress on site – we’re on budget and programme to handover the scheme early next year."

Find out more about Abbeyfield's new care home Speedwell Court here

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