Avery Healthcare commemorated a special event with contractor NATTA to mark the completion of the shell and core of Astbury Manor. Standing in a prominent position close the town centre in Bracknell, Astbury Manor is a 3 storey 64 bed new care home that Natta, as main contractor, is building for Avery.
The aim of a Topping out Ceremony is traditionally to commemorate the construction of the highest point of a building. The history of the ceremony can be traced back a thousand years to Scandinavia when a tree was placed on top of a building to appease the tree dwelling spirits disturbed by the sourcing of the timber for the predominately wooden structures of the time. These days with the multitude of materials used in the construction of modern buildings the placing of the tree has passed!
During today’s ceremony the Mayor of Bracknell, Ash Merry, laid a commemorative block to signify the topping out point. Counsellor Merry commented, “It has been a great pleasure to see first-hand what I’m sure will be a fantastic facility for local people who need a little more assistance in their daily lives. This is a wonderful example of dignity empowering people to live full lives even if they need to relocate for whatever reason. We wish Avery and Natta every success and look forward to the opening and to the moving in of the first residents.”
Adrian Doyle, Director of Developments for Avery Healthcare said, “Avery are delighted to together with Natta deliver a stunning asset to service the local community in Bracknell. We feel that with this project we have found a long term partner to continue developing care homes. We look forward to opening the doors to Astbury Manor in the Spring of 2017.”
John Whelan, Natta MD said, “We are pleased to have been awarded this project by Avery, to fit out a care home based on our experience of work carrying out complex civil engineering groundworks in prior projects for them. Natta seeks to differentiate from others through our high quality, professional approach, delivering to the aims of our clients, adjoining neighbours and the surrounding environment.”