A care home can now offer more elderly residents a place to live after a building conversion.

Sancroft Care Home in Harrow now has 12 extra bedrooms and nine en-suite bathrooms after building work was completed on its former day centre.

The Mayor of Harrow, Kareema Marikar, cut the ribbon opening the new space on October 10.

Cllr Marikar was joined by Cllr Keith Ferry and council officers Lynne Ahmad, Reena Patel and Nimesh Mehta.

Building work started in May and was completed in August. The care home remained open throughout the conversion.

The care home was brought back from PFI control in March by Harrow Council. The council’s trading company, which generates revenue for the public body, finalised the deal.

At Sancroft’s official reopening on Wednesday, council leader Graham Henson said: “There are some things that the council does better than the private sector – and looking after the vulnerable is one of them.

“Our extra places at Sancroft are available to all, which means even more Harrow families can access the highest standard of care for a loved one who needs it.”