Having already secured contracts with other care providers, the move is set to bring work to other organisations across the country.
NorthStar, working out of offices in Newcastle and South Oxfordshire, is confident that it will create over 300 jobs across the UK in its first year of operations through the execution of contracts to build and refurbish a number of residential care homes.
Ian Homes, director of NorthStar along with business partner Danny Sharpe, said: “We already hold a strong reputation within the industry for offering an award winning approach to developing and project managing care homes across the country, and now that we have launched ourselves independently we can offer our specialist expertise to other care home providers.
“The NorthStar supply chain of architects, lawyers and other construction professionals have worked hand in hand for many years and offer a comprehensive service comprising of the best consultants in the healthcare sector, all under NorthStar’s lead.”
The firm is already celebrating its first boost with news that a care home they developed in Newmarket, Kentford Manor, has been chosen as one of three finalists in the Best Larger Home for Elderly Care category at this year’s national Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.
Ian added: “This is a particularly exciting time for us at NorthStar as we branch out independently. To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award as we start our journey is a welcome boost to morale and serves to strengthen our already impressive portfolio of award winning care homes which we have developed.”
And, the team at NorthStar have kick started their new era of independent operations by nominating Alzheimer’s Research UK as their designated charity, after being presented with a cheque by Pinders as part of the short listing process.
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Officer with Alzheimer’s Research UK, was recently on hand to receive the cheque from NorthStar at Kentford Manor. She said: “Support from companies like NorthStar plays a key part in helping Alzheimer’s Research UK progress its pioneering dementia research. This donation of £500 will pay for hours of research and vital equipment for our scientists, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.
“There are 820,000 people across the UK living with dementia today. It poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future but investment into dementia research lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely entirely on donations to fund our world-class research and we greatly appreciate NorthStar’s generosity and pledge of future support.”
NorthStar offer an integrated service of planning care home developments from finding sites to handing over a fully-furnished and equipped, CQC-compliant building to the care home operator.
Ian concludes “As our aging population continues to grow, it is increasingly important to deliver well-designed residential care with specialist services. With a combined 50 of years in the industry under our belts we develop care homes which enable residents to flourish and which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, particularly for those suffering from dementia.”
The winners of the Pinders Awards will be announced at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London on March 22 2012. More information about NorthStar can be found by visiting www.northstarprojects.com.