Prestwick Care, the care home division of property conglomerate Malhotra Group Plc, has opened its 11th care home in the North East of England, and the first in what it calls its Platinum Range.
Prestwick Care redeveloped an old council records office in the Newcastle suburb of Gosforth into the new home, which has been named Melton House.
Local news reports say the conversion cost £6.5 million. It will employ 80 people, many of which have been transferred from a care home in nearby Gosforth, which closed last year.
Residents from the Gosforth home will also be offered the option of moving to Melton House.
Melton House will offer accommodation with and without nursing to up to 67 residents. Each will have their own luxurious en-suite room and access to services such as TV lounges, dining rooms, activity and games rooms, a cinema room and a hair salon.
The home also has a rooftop garden overlooking the neighbouring Newcastle race course.
Bunty Malhotra, CEO of the Malhotra Group and director of the group’s care division Prestwick Care Group, said: “I’m delighted to be able to complete our 11th home in the Prestwick family and it’s the first of a platinum range of homes in terms of care and quality of accommodation and facilities.
“I would like to think this is one of the best homes in the North of England.
“My joy has been doubled in that by opening this facility we were able to save 50 jobs resulting from the closure of a nearby home and most importantly we will be able to provide continuity of care for elderly and vulnerable people from that home which is critical for their welfare.”