The construction of five new care homes to be built by Glasgow City Council is now fully underway.
The £80.4 million investment, for the city’s services for older people, has built their first home at Bardowie St in the city’s Possilpark area. The development of the 120-bedded home in the north of the city will also contain a new centre for day-care service.
The council’s exclusive committee gave the go ahead for the major capital spending programme to replace the council’s 15 care homes in April 2011. In total 600 new beds will be created for all parts of the city and will ensure all of the councils care homes will set standards that will surpass guidelines set by care inspectors far into the future. The plans also include the development of a total of four day care centres that will be able to offer support to 120 individuals each day.
Following the ‘green light’ the council’s executive committee, work has focused on securing various planning permissions and striking agreement with the main contractor for the care home development, City Building. Councillor Matt Kerr, the council’s executive Member for Social Care, expressed his delight that the ground at Bardowie Street had now been cut and a care home would soon be taking shape.
Councillor Kerr said “It is a tremendous step forward to see work on the council’s new care homes actually begin in earnest. Everyone involved in getting the project to this stage will be very pleased there are finally boots on the ground and construction staff are able to get on the job.
“Once they are complete, the homes and day care centres will be a credit to Glasgow and will greatly enhance the care and support we can offer our older people. The homes have been very carefully designed so that they will be future proofed against care standards for generations to come.
“The homes will also ensure the council has a strong presence in the care home sector, which will help us secure best value for residents and council tax payers alike. By building the homes we are also achieving our ambition of targeted support for the vulnerable, it also means a boost for skills and the economy at a difficult time.
“These homes will also be built to the highest possible standards and will ensure residents are living in warm, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable surroundings.”
All of the five homes will be made up of eight smaller; 15bedded semi-independent units to create the feeling of domestic environment for residents the home will also provide a range of large and small communal, social spaces as well as specialist facilities such as treatment rooms, and hairdressing salons. Accessible outdoor spaces will also be created for service users on both ground and upper floors with garden spaces a key feature of the plans.
All sites have been carefully evaluated on criteria such as location, accessibility (including public transport links), local amenities and cost. Ensuring an even spread of resources across all sites was also a key consideration.
The sites for development include:
- Leithland Avenue in Pollok, which has been earmarked for a care home and a day care centre;
- Prospecthill Road in Toryglen, where a care home is planned;
- Springfeild Road, where a care home would be built only;
- Castlemilk Drive, which has been identified for a day care centre.
The home proposed for Prospect Hill in Toryglen had originally been earmarked for Queens Park Recreation Ground, but the Full Council agreed in November 2011 to change the location following consultation with local councillors and members of the community. Toryglen had always been the preferred option as the site for the care home in the South-East of the city, but the land only became available for use as a care home following agreement with the owner’s, Clyde Gateway.