Diss mayor Neil Howard has officially launched a project for a new-build care home for older people in the town at a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.
It will provide 30 nursing beds and 30 dementia beds, as well as respite support to help families who care for their older relatives, and will be known as De Lucy House.
Located on the site of the former Cartco Transport Depot in Victoria Road on the eastern approach to the town, it could provide more than 70 full-time and part-time jobs, according to operators Greensleeves Home Trust.
Greensleeves Homes Trust chairman David Ballard said: “We are very pleased to see the start of work on the site of De Lucy House, which will provide an excellent asset for the community, providing first class care for older people, as well as jobs in the area.”
The £6 million project is due to be completed by Spring 2015.
The home takes its name from 11th Century Norman nobleman Sir Richard de Lucy who was given the Lordship of Diss by King Henry I.