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New Oakham care home will cost £9 million and create 200 jobs

An Oakham care home says it will create 200 jobs as it aims to be top dog in its field.

The family-owned Ardale Ltd started work on the 60-bed facility before Christmas, which is due for completion early next year.

Robert Myers, head of care pathways for sister company the St Neots-based Marbrook rehabilitation centre, says more than 200 jobs will be created. The three-level £9 million building on Wheatfield Way will also feature ‘interesting design touches’ like a putting green.

Lesa McAnulty, Ardale's Chief Operating Officer and Brabham, Ardale's Therapy dog (9967694)
Lesa McAnulty, Ardale's Chief Operating Officer and Brabham, Ardale's Therapy dog (9967694)

He said: “We want to offer the local population the highest standards of nursing care and support underpinned by our ethos of promoting independence while maintaining friendships and interests.”

Ardale plans to launch their first care home, which they call Oakham Grange, at the Rutland County Show on Sunday, June 2, where people can also meet Brabham, the company’s therapy dog.

Oakham Grange adds to a flourishing care home sector in Oakham. In March, Alysia Caring Luxury Care Homes gained planning approval for a 78-bed facility, which will be linked to 21 after care apartments on the former site of the Rutland Agricultural Society showground in Main Road, Barleythorpe.

The developments comes as the Office of National Statistics reports Rutland has about 9,895 people of pension age and 22,653 of working age. Over the next seven years, the number of people of state pension age is anticipated to rise from 380 to 481 for every 1,000 still working.

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