A WINCHESTER-based charity has marked another milestone in the construction of its new care development with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Around 60 guests, including the mayor of Eastleigh councillor Maureen Sollitt, come together to celebrate The Brendoncare Foundation development’s progress at the site in Otterbourne Hill near Winchester.

Residents from The Old Parsonage home, in Otterbourne, signed a number of tiles to be installed on what will be their new home when it is completed in summer 2018.

Carole Sawyers, chief executive of The Brendoncare Foundation, nailed the tiles on the roof and said: “This is an exciting day for us, marking another stage in the construction of this pioneering scheme, which will provide care and support for people living both on the site and in the local area.”

“Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill will provide several services on the one site. A care home will offer both nursing and dementia care in small households, while apartments will support couples facing a diagnosis of dementia.

There will also be a community hub with a wide range of facilities, including a restaurant, hairdressing salon, IT room and winter garden, as well as activities and dementia-friendly clubs running throughout the week.

The Otterbourne Hill development is being built by Stepnell.

Brendoncare is running information events about the development on November 28 and December 4 between 2pm and 6pm at the Otterbourne scout hut in Boyatt Lane.