The construction of the new Fairfield Residential home on the Banbury Road in North Oxford marked an important milestone with a traditional Topping Out ceremony.
Representatives from Project Managers Bidwells and Builders Kingerlee joined Fairfield trustees to perform the topping out ceremony which is held when the full height of the new building is reached and the framework is completed.
Kitted out in hard hats and high-vis vests, the party stood on top of the building as John Cole, Chair of Fairfield trustees laid the final layer of concrete with a commemorative trowel presented by Kingerlee to mark the occasion.
Richard Todd, Group Partner of Project Managers Bidwells said:
From the outset the Fairfield residential care home project has been extremely collaborative and we have taken real pride in developing a final design for construction which has been consulted with key stakeholders. The Topping Out of the frame marks a momentous moment for the construction team led by Kingerlee. The development is on programme and within budget and the team will take delight in handing over the new home in 2018.
John Cole added:
So many people have been working together to produce what will be an amazing building in which we will be able to provide our residents with the highest levels of comfort, enjoyment and facilities whilst at the same time retaining the ethos and exceptional standards of care for which Fairfield has become famous over the last 70 years.
The new Fairfield residential care home will have state-of-the-art facilities to provide enhanced care and a modern environment. The new home will accommodate 38 residents in en-suite rooms with a range of communal areas and recreational spaces designed to make the most of natural light and views over the mature gardens. The new Fairfield home is expected to open in mid-2018.
At the Fairfield Topping Out, left to right:Richard Todd, Bidwells; Kevin Minns, Fairfield trustee; Nick Caldwell, Oxford Architects; Paul Hardy, Kingerlee and John Cole, Chair of Fairfield trustees.