The first residents have been welcomed at a new £12m luxury care home that will generate more than 100 jobs in Brackley.
Kingsley Healthcare’s 31st care service, Brackley Care Home, has been built by Midlands-based Deeley Construction.
The home, in Wellington Road, has 66 modern en-suite bedrooms, a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and conservatory; attractive outside spaces include a sensory garden. Its striking, contemporary design is the work of award-winning Leamington Spa-based Rickett Architects.
South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom and the Mayor of Brackley, Cllr Christopher Cartmell, were given VIP tours ahead of the first resident’s arrival – and both said how impressed they were with the home’s facilities and decor.
Other guests of honour included Emma McGowan, alumni and community relations manager at Winchester House school, who runs the Brackley Community Dementia Friendly Choir.
The home’s dementia unit has been named the McGowan Suite, honouring her valuable community work through the choir.
Pupils from the school have presented the home with a colourful piece of artwork which will take pride of place in the Maypole Café, a relaxed meeting place for families near the front entrance.
Home manager Sheena Croston said: “I am thrilled by the positive feedback I have had from everyone who has visited the home.
“Once Covid has gone away, we will be eager to build even stronger relationships with local groups and organisations and invite them into the home. It is important for us and our future residents that the home becomes a central part of the community.”
Muj Malik, Kingsley’s chief investment officer, said: “We are looking forward to serving the community of Brackley. The home will be a great anchor for us to grow in the Midlands. I am incredibly proud of our team who have got the home ready to welcome our first residents at such a difficult time.”
Brackley Care Home is one of an exciting pipeline of next generation nursing homes Kingsley is rolling out across the country as part of its Vision 2025 – it is planned that one of the next ones will be in Olney in neighbouring Buckinghamshire.
Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley, rated a top 20 large care home group by review site carehome.co.uk, said: “We are proud to be a family owned company and have jealously guarded our family values as we have grown. Every one of our homes has to be of a standard that we would want for our own family.
“In addition to providing luxury care facilities, Brackley Care Home is also delivering well-paid jobs from senior managers and nurses to chefs, support workers, maintenance and housekeepers. “In Sheena, we have an experienced home manager with a superb track record, and she is being supported by a great team.”
Author: Stephen Pullinger