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Premier Partners

ARCO is grateful for the continued support of its premier partners Castleoak, Nicol Thomas, Octopus Healthcare and Trowers & Hamlins.

Our premier partners work closely with ARCO on our work on building a strong sector with an appropriate legal framework, and sustainable and innovative design and construction. As leaders in the housing-with-care field, their input and expertise are invaluable to ARCO.



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Castleoak has specialised in care accommodation since 1996, delivering over 180 care homes and 3,000 apartments across the UK. The £80 million turnover group is the leading name in the development, design and construction of quality care homes, extra care apartments, care villages and retirement living.

Castleoak’s design and construction services are at the forefront of sustainability and range from project inception through to furnishing and equipping. A full property development service is also available, including land sourcing and acquisition, demographics and project feasibility analysis, securing planning permission together with offering tailored funding solutions.

Castleoak develops long-term partnerships, and many customers have chosen to work with the business for over 10 years. Today, 84% of projects are from returning customers.

Castleoak is committed to improving the image of the care sector and enjoys strong working relationships with key sector bodies, including the National Care Forum, Care England, Housing LIN and ARCO.

For more information visit www.castleoak.co.uk or call Susan James on 029 2054 8800.







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At Octopus Healthcare, we believe better buildings can make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing- at the times in life when they need it most. We’re raising the standard of healthcare environments across the UK and Ireland by investing and developing Primary Care Centres, Care Homes and Retirement Villages.

Our mission is to transform healthcare through investment and development that put people and communities at the heart of the healthcare experience.

If you require further information please contact [email protected] or visit www.octopushealthcare.com. 














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Nicol Thomas is a well established multi-discipline professional practice delivering architectural design and project management services nationally from its current offices located at Fort Dunlop, Birmingham and Heyside House, Oldham, Greater Manchester.

The origins of Nicol Thomas can be traced back to 1856 when the architect, J. Coulson Nicol set up his practice in Birmingham City Centre delivering numerous prestigious City Centre developments.

Over the years the practice expanded.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s designing and commissioning a number of major hospitals and in the 1970’s and 1980’s diversifying into the full spectrum of industrial, commercial, retail and housing sectors.

Today Nicol Thomas have over 60 staff and although still very active in the industrial, commercial and retail sectors their strength is in the development of both social and private housing opportunities, particularly in housing for the elderly, extra care housing, care homes and retirement villages.

In the last 20 years Nicol Thomas have delivered over 1000 units in extra care/close care housing and over 3500 apartments in 18 retirement villages up and down the country.

Nicol Thomas provide the industry with master planning, architectural design, quantity surveying and project management services, building surveying, cdm co-ordinator services, party wall surveyors and code assessors and are able to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for professional services by linking up with other consultants through partnerships.

For further detailed information please visit www.nicolthomas.co.uk.


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Trowers & Hamlins has a leading practice in health and social care advising investors, operators, local authorities, the NHS and developers on buying or selling, establishing, building and managing care services of many kinds. The firm is a market leader in both housing and public sector giving them a broad understanding of all forms of care provision from multiple client viewpoints.

Their advice covers all legal services and market segments including Investment, Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Development and Construction, Governance, Employment and Pensions, Housing Management, Landlord and Tenant, Charities, Planning, Contracts & Operational Issues, Human Right & Dispute Resolution. Their team adds value to clients by combining core legal practice areas with an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks and the market drivers relevant to the sector.

For further information please visit www.trowers.com or contact Kyle Holling on 020 7423 8292.