November 10, 2017 Property

Landmark “Topping Out” Ceremony at New Buntingford Care Home



Oakdale Care Group hosted a landmark ‘topping out’ ceremony at Layston Grove, Buntingford this week.  The brand-new luxury residential and dementia care home is currently being built on Keen Avenue and the Mayor of Buntingford, Councillor John Noades and his Consort, Janet Noades, were on hand to place the last roof tile to complete the external construction of the building.


The topping out ceremony reflects the ancient practice of celebrating the bedding of the last brick or tile of a new building to ward off and appease any spirits which may have been displaced during its construction.  Through the placing of the last roof tile and making the dwelling watertight, the tradition is long held as a celebration and the start of the final sprint of the build.  


The Mayor and his Consort donned their hard hats and spritely navigated their way up to the highest point at the south wing of the building to place the final roof tile with gusto.  They were joined by members of the LNT Care Developments site team who are constructing the build, and founding partners of Oakdale Care Group who will operate the home.  The Mayor said, “What a wonderful opportunity to be able to be involved with the ‘topping out’ ceremony at Layston Grove.  We have been watching the building progress with interest and it was great to get a feel for what the home will be like when it opens next year.  I am sure it will be a real hub for local people and I look forward to visiting again when it is complete.”


Co-Founder of Oakdale Care Group, Chris Babington, said; “We are really excited to see Layston Grove taking shape and the “topping out” ceremony brings us one step closer to opening the home.  We are looking forward to showcasing 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 and become a key part of the local Buntingford community.  Councillor and Consort Noades proved to be fantastic ambassadors for Buntingford and their energy and enthusiasm to encourage positive developments for the area shines through.  We are very grateful to them and suspect that any spirits have most certainly been appeased!”


Once open in March 2018, Layston Grove will provide high quality residential and dementia care for 66 people with luxury private rooms each with en-suite wet room.  There will be numerous communal areas such as an English tea room, library, cinema and garden room for residents and their visitors to enjoy.  Oakdale Care Group has a strong care service, accommodation and lifestyle offer backed by an all-inclusive price promise that means services normally charged extra by other care homes such as hairdressing, chiropody, cinema, newspapers, private dining for friends and family, activities and trips out are fully included in the fee.  The transparent single fee means there are no hidden extras or additional costs to allow for, providing clarity and peace of mind.

‘Topping out’ ceremony at Layston Grove, Buntingford

From left: Andrew Asker (Site Manager, LNT Care Developments), Sarah Gibbs (Service & Relationship Manager for Layston Grove), Chris Babington (Founding partner at Oakdale Care Group), Mayor of Buntingford Councillor John Noades, Andrew Long (Founding partner at Oakdale Care Group), Mayor Consort Janet Noades, Craig Ambler, (Clydesdale Bank), Carl Carrington (Assistant Site Manager LNT Care Developments)



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