The Mayor of Southampton, Ivan White, enjoyed a ground-breaking experience at a new £8.4 million care home in Southampton, Hampshire last week.
Mr White was the guest of honour at the official ceremony to mark the start of the foundation dig at Anchor’s newest development, Mayflower Court, on Westwood Road. He visited the site with Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer, David Springthorpe, and Paul Strachan, from construction company Midas, to see how the site will be turned into a care home.
Mayflower Court will be a 72 bed care home over four floors which will also include a café, craft room and hair and beauty salon. The home will also provide specialist care for people living with dementia. Midas, one of the UK’s largest independent construction companies, won the coveted contract to build the development for Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people. Mayflower Court will open in the spring of 2015.
Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer David Springthorpe said:
“We are very excited that work has started on Mayflower Court. People will be able to make the most of living in a spectacular care home. Mayflower Court is another step forward in Anchor putting solutions in place that meet its customers’ changing needs.”
The project is the second major building scheme Anchor is working on with Midas in Hampshire, after beginning work earlier this year on Hampshire Lakes a £37million, retirement village in Yateley. Hampshire Lakes will include over a hundred independent and assisted living apartments and a 36 bed care home. Other facilities include a restaurant, deli, juice bar, library, wellness centre and spa, fully equipped gym, craft room and treatment rooms, all in an idyllic lakeside setting in the Hampshire countryside.
Paul Strachan, divisional director for Midas Construction, Southern region, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Anchor on another fantastic new project. A key element of our own business strategy is to focus on industry leading customer service and achieving sustainable growth through long term partnerships with our customers and supply chain. This is a major development project for Midas which provides another opportunity for local job creation as well as new apprenticeships, work placements and curriculum support for local colleges and schools.”
Anchor is also building Bishopstoke Park retirement village in Eastleigh, Hampshire. The village will have over 170 independent and assisted living apartments giving the over 65’s the opportunity to live independently and receive care by highly trained professionals should they need it. There will also be a 48 room care home on the site. Bishopstoke Park is due to open in the Autumn 2014.