A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the first stage in a £3.6 million contract by Solihull-based Greswolde Construction to build a Bupa nursing home in Kent.

Work has now begun on the 64 bed nursing home on a high profile site near Ashford following the successful completion of homes for the international health care leader Bupa in Bromsgrove and Stratford-upon-Avon.

“This is a very exciting project, a flagship development which takes the design of nursing homes a step forward, so we needed a builder we could work very closely with,” said Bupa Business Development Manager Neil Fletcher.

“We have built up a very good relationship with Greswolde and are delighted to be able to choose the company again for this very important new project,” he added. The nursing home designed for those living with dementia, is sited in a prominent position on the M20 approach to Ashford and is the first building people will see as they approach the town. “We went through a lengthy process to design something really iconic but which was absolutely right for this prominent site,” said Rob Needham of architects DWA.

“Kent vernacular architecture greatly influenced the design, which incorporates half timber boarding, wide eaves and picturesque and highly steeped gables,” he added. Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for this our third Bupa nursing home and look forward to bringing all our considerable experience of healthcare developments to this latest and extremely prestigious project.”