A ceremony has been held to mark the completion of building work on a state-of-the-art 60 bed care home in Mildenhall.
Students from Great Heath Primary School attended the topping out ceremony for Mildenhall Lodge care home and wellbeing centre built on their former school site.
The new home is part of a £60 million investment by providers of residential care, Care UK.
The interior of the building is planned to be completed next summer from when the home will provide 24 hour nursing and specialist dementia care.
Steven Vincent, headteacher of Great Heath Primary School, said: “It is fascinating to see how quickly the care home has been built and it is wonderful that the site which was previously for young people is now going to be used by older members of the local community. We look forward to meeting our new neighbours when the home opens in Summer 2014.”
Chris Hopkinson, Care UK’s regional operations director, said: “We are delighted to mark this important milestone for the Mildenhall community with Suffolk County Council.
“The next stage will be the completion of interior work before equipping and furnishing the home and wellbeing centre to the very highest standards, ready to welcome the first residents and the first customers of the new day care services next summer.”
The opening of Mildenhall Lodge will mark the closure of Wamil Court Care Home in Mildenhall, built in 1973. Residents of Wamil Court will have the opportunity to move into Mildenhall Lodge.