Chairman of the Council visits Landmark “Topping Out” Ceremony at New Sutton-in-Ashfield Care Home

Posted on the 09 Dec 2016

David Griffiths, Chairman of the Council, visited the site of Kingfisher Court, a new, luxury care home in Sutton-in-Ashfield yesterday, as Oakdale Care Group and LNT Care Developments celebrated a landmark stage in the build with a “topping out” ceremony. 

Once complete in April 2017, Kingfisher Court will provide a home for 66 elderly people from the surrounding area.  The brand new, purpose built home has been designed and built by LNT Care Developments and will be run by Oakdale Care Group – a small, privately owned company providing high quality care in outstanding accommodation, with the ethos of providing the best care, every day to everyone. 

Co-Founder of Oakdale Care Group, Chris Babington, said, “We are really excited to see Kingfisher Court taking shape, and the “topping out” ceremony brings us one step closer to opening the home. We can’t wait to showcase the great facilities we have on offer – it will be a spacious, comfortable and elegant home in a great location that will create around 50 jobs for local people. We are sure it will soon become a key part of the local community, as well as providing a safe and enjoyable home for our residents.

The “topping out” ceremony reflects the ancient practice of celebrating the bedding of the last tile of a new building to ward off spirits which may have been displaced in its construction.  After donning their safety attire, the guests were treated to a tour of the partially completed home.  David Griffiths then helped place the last tile on the building, to complete the external construction.  He said, “It was great to take a tour around Kingfisher Court today and be a part of the “topping out” ceremony.  The home is really starting to take shape and from what I have seen, I am sure the home will be a great addition to the local community.  Oakdale Care Group are very committed to ensuring this is a top quality care facility and I am very much looking forward to seeing it completed.” 

The home-from-home facility will provide residential and dementia care with comfortable private rooms each with an accessible en-suite wet room.  There will be many communal areas such as an English tea room, garden lounge, library and cinema room for residents and their visitors to enjoy.   The home is due to open in April 2017 and will hold a public open day where local residents can view the facilities and reserve rooms. 

Photo: Andrew Long, Chris Babington and Sian Ellis from Oakdale Care Group with Chairman of the Council, David Griffiths, placing the last tile on the roof at Kingfisher Court