Colchester-based Care UK invests £18m in new care homes in Sevenoaks, Horsham and Ferndown

Justin Daley, Frank Wright, Mike Parish, chief executive of Care UK, Andrew Eyre, Mayor of Sevenoaks

Justin Daley, Frank Wright, Mike Parish, chief executive of Care UK, Andrew Eyre, Mayor of Sevenoaks, Paul Dixon, managing director of Lawrence Baker and Luke Hollik at the topping out ceremony of Care UK's new home in the Kent town. - Credit: Archant

Essex-based care homes group Care UK has celebrated traditional “topping out” ceremonies at three new developments.

The new homes, at Sevenoaks in Kent, Horsham in West Sussex and Ferndown in Dorset, represent a total investment of £18m and will join Care UK’s network of more than 100 properties around the UK.

Topping out ceremonies are traditionally held to mark the construction of a new property reaching its full height.

The development in Horsham, which will accommodate up to 82 residents, is due to open before Christmas with the schemes in Sevenoaks and Ferndown, which will provide 80 and 75 places respectively, due to follow early next year.

Care UK, which owns nearly 20 homes in Essex and Suffolk and has its head office in Colchester, views the Sevenoaks site, which is being constructed by Lawrence Baker, as a flagship development.

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Mike Parish, chief executive of Care UK, said: “This home has been sensitively designed to accommodate the needs of the residents and the team at Lawrence Baker has worked with us to achieve our vision of a welcoming but luxurious environment.”

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