Local MP Stephen Mosley joined Sanctuary Group to mark the start of work on a new £6 million care home in Upton Dene in Chester.
The 74-bed care home is being built on empty land near to the Countess of Chester Hospital and will offer high quality en-suite residential accommodation as well as specialist dementia care services. The care home will include a range of communal facilities to enhance the quality of life of future residents, with shared lounges and dining areas, an on-site cafe and a hair and beauty salon.
Sanctuary has appointed contractors Castlemead to build the new care home which is due for completion in July 2015. It will be managed by Sanctuary Care with residential, nursing and specialist dementia care provided by its highly trained and dedicated team.
MP Stephen Mosley joined Sanctuary, Castlemead and other partners at the site on Friday 4 July for a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new care home.
The visitors took a walk-about at the site, saw detailed plans of the new care home and heard more about the employment and training opportunities that will be created on site during construction.
MP Stephen Mosley said: “Upton Dene is an exciting development in Chester – and this new care home will add to its place in the community.
“I’m delighted to have been here to celebrate the first spades in the ground for the Upton Dene care home. I look forward to visiting again in the future and meeting the men and women for whom this development provides jobs as well as the people whose home it will soon become.”
Ian McDermott, Chief Operating Officer at Sanctuary Group, said: “The start of work is something to celebrate as not only will it provide much-needed dementia care for local residents, it also promises to create significant employment opportunities on site, during the build process and within the care home in the longer term.”
Alistair Jeffs, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Head of Strategic Commissioning, said: “The Council welcomes the new development of the high quality care home in Chester, particularly with its focus on dementia, which is one of the greatest challenges facing our society.
“The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to double over the next decade so it’s important to start planning for their future care needs today.”
Richard Shackleton, Managing Director of Castlemead, added: “We are obviously delighted to have been able to deliver a landmark site to Sanctuary Group and now look forward to working with them during the construction phase of this prestigious development.”