News story published on 24 July 2013
A BRICKLAYING student from Peterborough Regional College has put his training skills to good use by completing the finishing touches to the external structure of a new extra care facility in the city.
Under the supervision of the construction team, Peter Bogusz, who is on a work experience placement with contractor Kier Living had the honour of laying the final brick at the former Cross Keys Homes’ Roman & Saxon Court on Coneygree Road in Stanground.
The £9.9m extra care scheme for Cross Keys Homes will provide a combination of 79 one and two bedroom state of the art, extra care apartments for older people. The complex will enable people to retain their independence while being supported by an innovative and professional team who take a modern approach to the provision of care, support and housing - with the emphasis always on excellent quality, flexibility and individual choice.
The scheme will include a range of communal spaces which will also be open to the public, to encourage interaction across the whole community including a hairdressers and gym.
Joining Peter to celebrate this key point in the build was Kier Living regional manager Andrew Grant, as well as Cross Keys Homes’ director of operations, Claire Higgins, and head of development, Ian Richardson.
Cross Keys Homes’ director of operations, Claire Higgins, said: “Today marks an important milestone in the development of our flagship scheme which we believe will set high standards for the provision of homes for older people who need a little extra care support for years to come.”
Peter Bogusz added: “I have really enjoyed my work placement with Kier Living; it’s been so useful to put all the theory and training I have had at college into practice on a real working site. I was so proud to be given the responsibility of laying the last brick as it was great to play a key role in such an important part of the build.”
Having started on site in April last year, Kier Living is due to complete the project in summer 2014.