Kier working on Peterborough project

Work has begun on the construction of a new £9.9m Extra Care facility in Coneygree Road, Peterborough

To celebrate the start of the brickwork, Wisbech-based construction company Kier organised a ceremony on November 20, inviting client Cross Keys Homes’ director of operations, Claire Higgins, and head of development Ian Richardson, to lay the very first bricks under the watchful eye of Kier operations director Nick Bache.

Cross Keys Homes appointed Kier to build the facility, called Roman & Saxon Court, in acknowledgement that the contractor’s local experience and skills were needed to expand its own field of operation.

Nick Bache commented: “I am delighted to work with Cross Keys Homes in Peterborough as both our organisations are locally based using resources from within Cambridgeshire.”

The new scheme will consist of 79 Extra Care units for elderly residents. Internally, it includes several lounges, a laundry room and a restaurant, while externally the gardens are designed to provide peace and quiet.

Mick Leggett, chief executive of Cross Keys Homes, said: “Today sees the start of our flagship scheme, which we hope will set standards for the provision of homes for older people for years to come. To deliver such a project we needed a contractor we can rely on to deliver and add value; I am very pleased that we are working with Kier, which I know will exceed our expectations.”

The project is expected to complete in May 2014.