Local school children from St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School donned hard hats and high visibility vests to visit the site of a new care home in Chester.
The young visitors let their imaginations run wild when they visited the site of Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home, off Caldecott Close, to get inspiration for artwork to bury in a time capsule on the site.
Ten-year old pupils Jay Ghomo and Grace Hankin were joined by their teaching assistant Anne Ellis, soon-to-be Sanctuary Care home manager Hilary Price and Sanctuary Group’s development manager Danielle Wrigley for an exclusive tour of the site yesterday.
Time capsule artwork
The pupils have now been tasked to create artwork depicting what they think life will be like in 60 years’ time and to tell people about life in 2015. They will return to the site after the summer holidays and bury their creations in a time capsule, which will be opened in 2075.
Danielle added: “This will be a flagship development and we really wanted to involve our younger generation in creating a piece of history that the children of 2075 can open.”
Robots in care homes and flying cars
Talking about life in the future Jay said: “I think everything will be faster – faster cars and even faster internet. There will also be robots in care homes in 2075 to help the care assistants!”
Meanwhile Grace said: “I think there will be flying cars in 60 years’ time and I will be flying to Blackpool every weekend.”
Excitement for artwork project
Discussing how she felt to be taking part in the art project Grace said: “I can’t wait – I love to draw and I hope the residents at the care home in 60 years’ time think my picture is pretty.”
Jay added: “I’m excited! I’m going to make sure I’m there on the day to see my artwork unveiled and I can tell everyone how I came to the home before it even opened!”
Anne said the youngsters were thrilled about the prospect of creating artwork for the future generation. “I think it’s really important to include children in the local community and they are really excited about the idea of the time capsule – 60 years is a long time for the students to comprehend,” she added.
Hilary, who is looking forward to managing the home for Sanctuary Care said: “Upton Dene is already a part of the thriving community before it’s even opened its doors, which is fantastic to be a part of.”
About Upton Dene
Upton Dene is being built by Castlemead, a locally based specialist developer of care homes and medical centres, on behalf of Sanctuary Group. When complete it will be run by Sanctuary Care and will provide residential, nursing and dementia care. It will include 74 spacious en-suite bedrooms, as well as airy lounges and dining areas, a cinema room and a hairdressing salon.
Richard Shackleton, Managing Director of Castlemead concluded: “This is our first project with Sanctuary and the first care home we have built in Chester, we are really pleased that the community is actively involved in the site and look forward to handing over the completed building later this year”.
Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home is set for completion in late Autumn 2015 and all enquiries can be made by calling 0800 916 1499 or emailing email@example.com.