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Castleoak wins £45m Care UK contract

Care UK has awarded Castleoak a £45m contract to design and build ten Suffolk care homes for Care UK.

A Castleoak-Care consortium put in a joint bit for Suffolk County Council’s care home services contract, which outsourced the operation of 16 care homes and eight wellbeing centres.

These are to be replaced over three years with ten purpose-built care homes, designed and built by Castleoak and operated by Care UK.

Six care homes will have places for 60 residents, and four will have places for 80 residents.

Each will have a resident wellbeing centre. Four of the homes have been submitted for planning so far, with one being approved last week.

Construction is to begin in May 2013 in Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, with the remaining projects following in a phased programme.

Timber frame structures for each home are to be manufactured at Castleoak’s Ebbw Vale factory.

Castleoak chief executive Mel Knight says partnership and specialist experience were key to securing the contract.

“We work solely in the care sector, and have done for the best part of twenty years,” she commented.

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