One of Hertfordshire’s largest care providers Quantum Care will expand into Bedfordshire in 2021. The not for profit care provider currently manages 22 homes in Hertfordshire, 1 in Essex and 2 in Bedfordshire.

An official ceremony attended by Mayor of Biggleswade Councillor Madeline Russell was held on site in Biggleswade on Monday 24th February to mark the commencement of construction works for the new care home.

The former Mantles Auto’s site on London Road in Biggleswade will be developed into a 76-bed care home that will provide long-term residential care and specialist dementia care for elderly people in and around the Town, as well having provision for short stays for respite breaks and convalescence.

The new facility will also create new employment opportunities including apprenticeships and development programmes for those looking to pursue a career in the care sector.

Quantum Care were delighted last year when John Mantle, Chairman of the Mantles Group gave consent to keeping the family name in the Town by calling the new home Mantles Court. The Mantles family auto’s business had occupied the site since 1933 and is well known by locals and so seemed most appropriate.

Mayor of Biggleswade Councillor Madeline Russell was the honourable guest attending the event and said that she whole heartedly supported the scheme. She said: “When a loved one can no longer be looked after in their own home and the best thing for them is to move into residential care, the last thing families want is to have to leave the Town so this is good news for people of Biggleswade”. She also commented on Quantum Care; “A care provider with a good reputation of providing a high-quality service”.

The persistent rain didn’t deter any of the guests who were made to feel welcome at the Yorkshire Grey public house opposite the Mantles site. Guests had a warm welcome with tea and cakes whilst speeches took place.

Other dignitaries that attended the event included; Deputy Mayor of Biggleswade Cllr Frank Foster, Cllr Mark Foster representing both Central Beds – Biggleswade (South) and Biggleswade Town Council, and John Roberts, Dealer Principle & CEO representing Mantles group.

Maria Ball, Chief Executive of Quantum Care and Chair of the National Care Forum; the body representing the Not for Profit care sector gave a speech at the event highlighting some of the challenges currently being faced in social care. She then went on to talk about the not for profit sector and how this makes Quantum Care homes’ not only a better place to live but also to work. She said: “We look forward to moving into Biggleswade and engaging with not only local care professionals but more so with the local community including schools, local groups and charities. It’s a very exciting time for Quantum Care”.  

Project team consists of: Frontier Estates, Octopus Investments and Quantum Care. The main contractor building the new development is SAC Construction Limited.