First residents settle in at Brackley Care Home

The first residents have been welcomed at a new £12 million luxury care home that will generate more than 100 jobs in Brackley.

Brackley Care home has been completed by Deeley Construction and marks Kingsley Healthcare’s 31st care service.

The home, in Wellington Road, has 66 modern en-suite bedrooms, a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and conservatory while attractive outside spaces include a sensory garden.

The striking, contemporary design is the work of award-winning Leamington Spa-based Rickett Architects.

Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is excellent to see this development now completed and great that the feedback from visitors to the new care home has been so overwhelmingly positive.

“We have a proven record of delivering quality developments across the healthcare sector and the Brackley care home joins the growing list of successful projects.

“Our team has worked in partnership with Kingsley throughout to deliver this scheme, which is of great benefit to people in the area and will also create a significant number of jobs locally.”

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom and the Mayor of Brackley, Cllr Christopher Cartmell, were given VIP tours ahead of the first residents’ arrival – and both said how impressed they were with the home’s facilities and decor.

Other guests of honour included Emma McGowan, alumni and community relations manager at Winchester House school, who runs the Brackley Community Dementia Friendly Choir.

The home’s dementia unit has been named the McGowan Suite, honouring her valuable community work through the choir.

Pupils from the school have presented the home with a colourful piece of artwork which will take pride of place in the Maypole Café, a relaxed meeting place for families near the front entrance.

Home manager Sheena Croston added: “I am thrilled by the positive feedback I have had from everyone who has visited the home.

“Once Covid has gone away, we will be eager to build even stronger relationships with local groups and organisations and invite them into the home. It is important for us and our future residents that the home becomes a central part of the community.”

Muj Malik, Kingsley’s chief investment officer, said: “We are looking forward to serving the community of Brackley. The home will be a great anchor for us to grow in the Midlands. I am incredibly proud of our team who have got the home ready to welcome our first residents at such a difficult time.”

Brackley Care Home is one of an exciting pipeline of next generation nursing homes Kingsley is rolling out across the country as part of its Vision 2025 – with a further unit planned in Olney in neighbouring Buckinghamshire.

Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley, rated a top 20 large care home group by review site carehome.co.uk, said: “We are proud to be a family-owned company and have guarded our family values as we have grown. Every one of our homes has to be of a standard that we would want for our own family.

“In addition to providing luxury care facilities, Brackley Care Home is also delivering well-paid jobs from senior managers and nurses to chefs, support workers, maintenance and housekeepers.

“In Sheena, we have an experienced home manager with a superb track record, and she is being supported by a great team.”