Castleoak, the leading developer and construction partner to the care sector, has successfully completed a £40 million care home reprovisioning programme for Housing Solutions, working in partnership with care operator The Fremantle Trust and Buckinghamshire County Council.
The programme, known as Project Care, was launched to improve the quality of accommodation for older people and people with learning disabilities across Buckinghamshire. This included the reprovision of seven old care homes and the addition of a further care home.
Castleoak was appointed to design and build 600 new bed spaces in eight care homes, each ranging from 60 to 90 beds.
John Petitt, Group Chief Executive of Housing Solutions, explains: “We have worked in partnership with Castleoak to provide eight new care homes for older people in Buckinghamshire. They are great partners to work with. Through their professional, quality and service oriented approach they have helped to shape our vision on this project. And they have delivered a first class product.”
Steve Flanagan, Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust adds: “Project Care has been a highly successful as well as ambitious project spanning some ten years. By working together with our partners Castleoak, Housing Solutions and Buckinghamshire County Council, we have further strengthened our position in the marketplace.”
Commenting on the new care homes, Patricia Birchley, cabinet member for Health & Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted to see the completion of Project Care. Having visited all the care homes in the project, I’ve seen first-hand how working in partnership with Fremantle, Housing Solutions and Castleoak has given our residents such wonderful homes and facilities as well as a first-class service to very vulnerable people.”
Commenting on the successful delivery of the programme, Castleoak Chief Executive Melville Knight said: “We applied our specialist experience in care home reprovisioning to develop a solution which would deliver maximum benefits. For scale and cost efficiencies, all eight care homes were based on the same model.
“We worked closely with each partner to ensure they each achieved their own unique set of objectives. The handover of the last care home, Chesham Leys, signified the conclusion of another very successful reprovisioning programme.”
Castleoak has a strong reputation for care home reprovisioning. Since 1995 it has built more than 50 new reprovisioned care homes for 11 councils in partnership with 9 care operators across the UK.