Bupa has expanded its services for older people by making a further step into the care village sector with the acquisition of Richmond Care Villages.
Richmond currently owns and operates five care villages in England which are home to over 660 people. The deal also includes three further sites for developing new care villages.
The five villages - in Gloucester, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire, and Oxfordshire - include independent-living apartments and assisted-living support, along with residential care, all on one site.
Andrew Cannon, managing director of Bupa Care Services, said: "This acquisition underlines Bupa's strategy to offer older people a wider choice and expand the range of services that we provide beyond care homes and further into the community.
"We all want to retain our independence as we age. But we also want access to high-quality services and facilities, with the reassurance that further support is on hand if we need it, without having to move elsewhere. Care villages provide this all on one site."
Under the deal, all existing 600 Richmond staff and management will move to Bupa.
Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Care Villages, said: "I believe this move will greatly assist Richmond's future expansion, allow us all to share expertise, and bring the benefits of Bupa's global reach to our people."
Bupa currently manages a number of independent -living and assisted-living properties in the UK through its Goldsborough Estates business, as well as owning and operating 22 care villages in New Zealand.