The multi-million-pound regenera- tion of an eyesore in the heart of Lowestoft by Kingsley Healthcare could bring a further 100 jobs to the town, its chief executive has revealed.
The rapidly-expanding firm moved into its new offices in Clapham Road South this week after a major renovation of the town’s former Suffolk County Council building.
About 50 staff have moved over from the company’s previous head quarters in School Road, Oulton Broad.
They will now enjoy a 14,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility complete with meeting rooms, conference facilities, atrainingacademy,gymandcatering facilities.
But chief executive Daya Thayan – who has grown the company from one care home in Oulton Broad to 27 homes in 15 years – said: “The build- ing has space to steadily grow our office headcount from almost 50 to triple that number in years to come.”
Mr Thayan said the move is a “major step forward for us and signals the beginning of an important chapter in the Kingsley story”.
He added he wanted to “bring something into Lowestoft” and that it could be “the beginning of the regeneration of the town”.
James Reeder, chairman of the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re absolutely delighted they’ve invested so heavily in the town.
“The building and area they have redeveloped has made that area of the town look very prosperous. “That whole area has been crying out for investment and it’s tremendous Kingsley have seen that Lowestoft is the place they want to be. “We know the town has got tremendous opportunities and by investing in such a great building, they have got the opportunity to take advantage of a skilled workforce in the area.”
The move is part of a £200m expansion for Kingsley Healthcare with the aim of becoming a familiar national brand within five years.
“Every home must be fit enough to care for my own parents,” Mr Thayan has said previously. “Otherwise, we have failed.”
The regeneration of what it now called Kingsley House was based on the £3m facelift of Great Yarmouth’s Havenbridge House.
The revamp was completed by Woodfellows, the same building firm, with the aim of bringing the same modern, contemporary design to Lowestoft.
Author: Andrew Papworth