On Friday 12th June, MP Sir Oliver Heald performed a topping out ceremony to mark the final phase in the construction of a new care home for older people in Letchworth Garden City.
The new home, aptly named Garden City Court, is a partnership project between Hertfordshire County Council and Quantum Care, and will replace the current Freeman House care home in Radburn Way and Minsden care home in Hitchin. It will open in October 2015, and has been designed to care for older people with a variety of short and long term care needs. It will have specially designed living spaces for people with dementia, as well as for those with physical disabilities. It will feature a communal plaza area including a Best Friends Café, hairdressing salon and shop which are open to residents, family and friends. The home will also provide a much-needed Intermediate Care service, which will help people to regain their health and independence following a hospital stay.
Sir Oliver said "I am delighted to be doing the topping out ceremony at Garden City Court. This is a fantastic facility for older people in the area. I congratulate Quantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council on this state of the art facility for older people and those living with dementia".
The ceremony was also attended by senior representatives from Quantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council, members of the local North Herts District Council, architects RDT, constructors ISG, as well as friends, neighbours and staff from Minsden and Freeman House. It took place on the roof terrace at the home, where Sir Oliver Heald made the final connection of the home’s lightning conduction system.
Maria Ball, Chief Executive of Quantum Care said “this is a really exciting project and we are really pleased to be working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to provide such a high standard of accommodation for older people in Letchworth Garden City”.