Care UK is close to completing ten brand new care homes, which it was contracted to build by Suffolk County Council three years ago.
In 2012, the council and Care UK agreed a £60 million plan to redevelop 16 existing care homes and eight community wellbeing centres.
Care UK took over the running of the old facilities in December 2012 and started to implement its plans to replace the outdated buildings with ten new care homes and ten new day clubs.
This month marks the eighth opening out of the planned ten new care homes on the site of the old Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham.
The work was completed in two phases with the first phase seeing half of the new home built in the grounds of the old home, then after residents had moved into their new accommodation, the old home was demolished making way for the phase two of the new home to be completed.
The official opening event involved 88 year-old Mills Meadow resident Liz Austin, a former WWII Bletchley Park codebreaker, who cut the ribbon alongside councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for adult care and Andrew Knight, Care UK’s managing director of Residential Care Services.
“We are very pleased to officially open the new Mills Meadow after its complete redevelopment in two stages over the past two years. We would like to thank the residents and their relatives for their patience while the work has been carried out, as well as our construction partner Castleoak, whose team deserves credit for their careful and considerate work during the re-build, which enabled residents to continue living in their home throughout. Many of the residents have enjoyed watching the transformation of their home,” said Mr Knight.