Barchester sets its sights on a thousand more beds in 2003

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Barchester Healthcare reports that it entered 2002 with 1330 beds but ,by the end of last year, this had risen to just over 2000 beds. This growth of more than 50 per cent came from a mixture of new build homes opening and a number of strategic acquisitions. The biggest acquisition was of Westergate Care Ltd which was finalised in December and involved three homes in the Chichester area of Sussex ­ Marriot House and Marriot Lodge in Chichester itself and Westergate House in Fontwell some six miles from Chichester. Westergate Care consisted of 212 beds across the three homes and all fitted very well with the Barchester strategy of focusing on the private pay and enhanced fees sector of the market. Marriot Lodge was in fact one of the youngest buildings in the country to be given a Grade II listed status, designed originally by the Danish designer of the Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon. Westergate House is also a Grade II listed building with fine new modern extensions. Other acquisitions made in the year by Ba

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