Family-owned Colten Care has completed the building phase of its forthcoming Chichester care home, its first in West Sussex.
The 72-bedroom Wellington Grange, by the corner of Broyle Road and Wellington Road, is on track to create up to 120 local jobs when it opens in April 2016.
The Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Budge, was invited to tour the three-storey building and plant the first of 39 trees that will surround it.
He joined newly-appointed Home Manager Clare Gibson and Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison to dig in a Serbian spruce sapling which will grow to around 60 feet tall.
The visit followed an 84-week construction programme involving 426 site workers.
Councillor Budge said: “Wellington Grange is excellent news for Chichester. The home is poised to play an important, active and long-term role in our community. As well as helping us cater for the needs of an ever-ageing population, it is bringing local job opportunities. It will also offer further economic benefits for local businesses.”
At 4,138 square metres, Wellington Grange is the largest home that Colten Care has built so far. The company, based in Lymington, Hampshire, already owns and runs 19 care homes in the South.
With the building structure finished, the home moves into its commissioning phase. Mrs Gibson will spearhead the home’s recruitment campaign and engagement with local businesses and organisations. She said: “We fully recognise the importance of working with local people. This will be a prominent home recruiting directly from within the community.”
Mr Aitchison said: “We are very proud to be opening a superb, leading-edge, privately-funded care home. Its high-quality design reflects best practice from all our homes up to now. We want it to be a home that Chichester will embrace. It is an impressive, elegant building in sympathy with the architectural character of Chichester. We are now recruiting for nurses, carers, catering staff, housekeeping teams and many other roles. All jobs are detailed on our careers website for those who are interested.”
For more information, visit www.coltencare.co.uk/careers.
The home will be available for viewing from February 10, 2016 with the first residents arriving in early April 2016. Open days for community healthcare professionals and the general public will also be held.