Edward Argar MP took part in a landmark ‘topping out’ ceremony this week. He visited the site of brand new residential and dementia care home, Mountview, as specialist care home developer, LNT Care Developments, completed the external construction of the building. The ‘topping out’ ceremony is a significant milestone in a build and reflects the ancient practice of celebrating the bedding of the last tile or brick of a new building.
Mountview, which will be operated by Ideal Carehomes, is due to open at the end of this year. The home will benefit from advanced design features and environmentally friendly and sustainable aspects such as ground source heat pumps, underfloor heating and LED lighting.
Once opened, Mountview will provide a home for 66 older people. Each resident will have their own spacious accommodation with en-suite facilities and the home will encompass several communal areas including a cinema, coffee shop and hair salon. There will be other shared spaces which will be themed by the residents who live at the home, all surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens.
Mr Argar donned his hard hat before making his way up the scaffolding to the roof of the building with Ideal Carehomes Managing Director, Paul Farmer, to officially lay the last tile and mark the external build as complete. The gentlemen were then treated to a tour of the building where they discussed plans for the state-of-the-art home and how it will benefit the local Rothley community, both in terms of providing a home for local older people and also employment opportunities.
Mr Argar commented, "How we prepare for our old age, and as a society how we address the needs of an ageing population, are more important than ever, so it was a great pleasure to carry out the 'topping out' ceremony at Mountview in Rothley. Not only will this impressive new development provide accommodation and care for many older people in our community, but it also brings new jobs and represents a significant investment in Charnwood."
Paul Farmer said: “’Topping out’ is an extremely exciting time in the process of a build and takes us one step closer to the completion of the home. Mountview is in a great location and I am sure it will become an integral hub of the local community from the active social calendar for residents and local people. With a homely, safe and innovative environment and person-centred care for residents and a rewarding and supportive setting for staff, Mountview is sure to be a great place to live and a great place to work.”
The home is due to open towards the end of 2017 and there will be a public open day where local residents can view the facilities and reserve rooms.