Hartford Care celebrates ‘Topping Out’ at Portsmouth care home


Hartford Care-care industry newsHartford Care celebrated its brand new home in Portsmouth being one step closer to completion with a traditional ‘Topping Out’ ceremony last week.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday 30th September on site at Hartford Court. Sean Gavin, CEO of Hartford Care and Jo Gavin, Brand Director of Hartford Care were joined for the ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Frank Jonas; TV personality, Fred Dinenage MBE and Guy Hayward, Managing Director of Highwood Construction. The Lord Mayor and Fred marked the occasion by ‘doing the honours’ and placing the final roof tile in place.

Construction of this brand new state-of-the-art 60 bed care home, which will offer residential and dementia care for older people in the local area, began in March of this year. This exciting new home represents an investment of over £6,000,000. Work is progressing well and the project team are still on track to open the doors to the first residents of Hartford Court in the Spring of 2016.

Hartford Court will also bring considerable employment opportunities to Portsmouth. In addition to the high levels of economic activity generated locally during the construction phase, once complete, the home will create in the region of 80 brand new, long-term jobs. As part of this, Hartford Care will also work with local colleges to offer Care Apprenticeships for young people within the home.

Sean Gavin said “We are delighted with the progress being made at Hartford Court and really looking forward to opening the home next year. Our ethos at Hartford Care is simple – we seek to provide a caring, comfortable and happy environment where our residents can enjoy life to the full. An integral part of this is developing and maintaining strong links with the local community. We have already received a very warm welcome into the Portsmouth area and are looking forward to ‘moving in’ during the early months of next year.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth commented “I was delighted to be able to assist Hartford Care in marking this key milestone in the construction of Hartford Court. The facility is certainly impressive and promises to provide a wonderful, homely environment for our older people. The building has been designed to provide a range of opportunities for its residents, who will be able to enjoy an excellent quality of life.  The home is light and spacious – in short, it will offer modern living for older people. I am delighted to welcome Hartford Court into the Portsmouth community and I look forward to seeing the finished project next year.

Hartford Care is part of a family-owned business established more than a century ago in 1908 and features a collection of twelve individual care homes located throughout the South and South West.

Life at Hartford Care is governed by its three core principles of care, comfort and companionship. The philosophy of care adopted by the Company is focused on meeting individual needs and providing person-centred care whilst, at the same time, affording dignity and respect. Hartford Care is proud to have been chosen locally by district nurses and GPs to provide care for some of their relatives.


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