WORK has begun on a groundbreaking care home featuring a cinema, hairdressers and an ice cream parlour.

Developer Savista Developments recently began work on the £20 million Willingdon Park Manor home in Kings Drive, Eastbourne.

The high-tech home will provide care for up to 80 residents, including those with dementia, creating 140 jobs in the town.

Set to open late next year, the Hallmark Care Homes facility will be equipped with activity areas, a summer garden bar, and half an acre of landscaped grounds.

Avnish Goyal, chairman of Hallmark and managing director of Savista, said the home will be “luxurious”.

“Residents will enjoy some of the latest features in care and design and live active and fulfilled lives,” he said.

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell said: “The Hallmark Group is a family-run business dedicated to providing social care, which is at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. I was very pleased to hear the company is committed to working with the local community, building local relationships and playing its part in protecting the health and safety of our older people with quality provision.”

The care home will boast residences for couples complete with fitted kitchens and bathrooms.

Communal areas will include a café, an ice cream parlour, a “state-of-the-art” cinema, “luxurious” hairdressers and a therapy room.