Landmark topping out at historic site

Oakdale Care Group hosted a landmark ‘topping out’ ceremony at Timken Grange, Duston. The luxury residential and dementia care home is currently being built on the site of the historic British Timken factory. 

Several former employees and key individuals with strong links to the bearings manufacturer were present as the Deputy Mayor of Northampton, Tony Ansell, placed the last roof tile to complete the external construction of the building.

The ceremony was a poignant occasion for local man, Dennis Nightingale, who was employed by British Timken for over 45 years.  Dennis was also the last person to leave the factory when it closed its doors for the final time in 2002. 

Co-founder of Oakdale Care Group, Chris Babington, said; “We are really excited to see Timken Grange taking shape and the topping out ceremony brings us one step closer to opening the home.  We are looking forward to showcasing the great facilities we have on offer – it will be a spacious, comfortable and elegant home in a great location that will create around 50 jobs for local people.”


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