THE first ground was cut at the site of a new Kirklees Council-run home for old people.
Work at the Doctor Lane, Mirfield, site is expected to take about a year.
The new home, with 40 en-suite bedrooms, will replace the Ings Grove residential home.
It will special- ise in providing short-term breaks.
Clr Dennis Hullock, who has social services responsibility on Kirklees Council's Cabinet, said: "This is yet another major milestone in the council's commitment to provide quality services for older people."
He is pictured (centre) with Mark Glen (left), of project managers Seddons, and Seddons' contract manager Peter Lea.