Jan 2019: Kempston development reaches construction milestone

West Kempston

A major milestone was reached in the construction of a new Baycroft care home in West Kempston this week. The building was ‘topped out’ as the final section of the roof was put in place by key representatives from Baycroft, property developer Frontier, and building contractor Lawrence Baker.

The development, which is due to open in September, is one of three openings in Bedfordshire in 2019 and will offer its 80 residents their own bespoke bedroom within homely yet luxurious surroundings and hotel standard services.

Sam Rous, head of healthcare for Frontier, said:

“Today signifies a significant moment for Frontier as a Care Home Developer. We are delighted to be working in direct partnership with Baycroft across 4 projects, providing in excess of 300 care beds and this topping out stage marks a special point in this scheme. We look forward to seeing Lawrence Baker progress the build further and observe the development of the site into a landmark luxurious care facility with landscaped grounds that will provide jobs to the local area.”

Andrew Winstanley, managing director of Baycroft, said:

“We are excited to be at this topping out stage of the project and close to introducing a beautiful, high-quality care home in Kempston. It has been a pleasure to partner with Lawrence Baker and Frontier as we all shared an aspirational vision for this home that is in keeping with the local requirements for care”.

The development includes a beautiful landscaped garden and luxury dining area where fresh, locally sourced and seasonal meals will be served. Residents will also be encouraged to enjoy the on-site cinema, library, hair salon, spa and activity room.

From left to right – Luke Harris (Frontier), Andrew Winstanley (Baycroft), Sam Rous (Frontier), Thorsten Wilcox (Lawrence Baker).

Once the home is fully operational it will create 80 new jobs at a range of levels from nurses to chefs and dementia care specialists. Recruitment will begin in May.

Andrew Winstanley added:

“We are looking for something special in our staff and we are offering market leading pay and benefits to all Baycroft staff. They will also be joining the broader One Housing family, which offers significant career opportunities.”

Baycroft is part of award winning care and supported housing provider One Housing, award winning housing provider for over 50 years. The launch of Baycroft is part of One Housing’s strategy to build over 1,000 high quality units for older people in the next three years across all markets, ranging from affordable rent to private luxury.