A £6.9m care home that aims to transform care for dementia patients in Norfolk passed a key milestone with the topping out of its new building.

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The ceremony marked a significant point in the progress of the 88-bed NorseCare home, in Peterhouse Avenue, Gorleston.

Colleen Walker, NorseCare board member whose county council ward includes the building, performed the traditional ceremony alongside members of staff from NorseCare, architects from Barron and Smith, and the building team from R G Carters.

The home has been built in line with the latest dementia research which includes providing assistive technology to offer better support to less mobile residents.

It will be equipped with large rooms, en suite facilities, airy communal spaces, specially designed gardens, a hairdressing salon, treatment area and an activity room.

The new home was named Lydia Eva Court after the UK’s last surviving steam drifter in Great Yarmouth by NorseCare residents from Magdalen House, Clere House and Mildred Stone House who will move into the home when it opens in the summer.

The topping out tradition involves testing the water tightness of a building by pouring a bottle of beer over the roof.

The ale was donated by Lacons Ales, which has been a part of Gorleston and Great Yarmouth’s community since 1760.

Karen Knight, managing director of NorseCare said: “This is a lovely way to mark the topping out of our new home.

“We have had huge support from the local community throughout the whole process and we look forward to welcoming our residents into the home where they will receive the highest standard of care.”

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