Ground-breaking ceremony kicks off multi-million-pound Essex care home


A ground-breaking ceremony was held to officially commenced the start of construction work on a new multi-million-pound care home in Essex.

When complete, the new Care UK home, off Radwinter Road in Saffron Walden, will provide full-time residential, respite and specialist dementia care for up to 70 older people, and will create 96 new jobs.

The home, which is expected to welcome the first residents in spring 2026, will include a cinema, café and hair salon. Secure and wheelchair-friendly landscaped outdoor space will include sensory gardens, water features and seating to give residents the opportunity to spend quality time outdoors.

Marcus Sorrell, Development Project Manager at Care UK, said: “We are thrilled that work has started at the new Essex home, not least because this impressive development reflects our commitment to improving the provision of residential care in the city.

“At Care UK, we take great pride in the build quality, layout and design of each individual home, as these factors can significantly impact the everyday experiences of those living in a care environment. Our thoughtfully designed new care home will live up to these standards and will provide a quality home for older people from Essex and beyond.”

Jordan Connachie, Managing Director at Kori Construction said: “Construction is off to a brilliant start, and we are on track to complete the scheme by February 2026. As a developer of best-in-class care homes, we’re thrilled to be working with Care UK on the brand-new Essex care home for the people of the city and the surrounding area. We’re already looking forward to reaching our next milestone in the coming months.”

Designed to allow residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, the new Care UK home will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the building will be configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.

Photo: Patrick Harris, Kori Contracts Manager; Kristina Breslin, AECOM Graduate Quantity Surveyor; Marcus Sorrell, Care UK Development Project Manager; Jake Higgins, Care UK Development Project Manager; Sean Garton, Kori Design Manager; Kyle Fielding, Kori Commercial Director; Donald MacKenzie, Kori Project Manager; Jessica Woosnam, AECOM Graduate Quantity Surveyor; Janine Eckelt, Care UK Aftercare and Defects; Jack Stevenson, Kori Quantity Surveyor.