PLANS for a new care village in Inverurie have taken a step forward after councillors approved the tender for construction.
Construction on the £10 million Inverurie Care Village has been given the go ahead to begin next month.
Councillors approved the tender for work on the new facility at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday (November 15).
The Inverurie Care Village is a major part of the council’s commitment to provide care homes for older people and adults with complex or specialist care needs.
Aberdeenshire Council say that the new facility follows the same model used for the new Edenholme care village in Stonehaven which officially opened in May this year.
The Inverurie Care Village, which will be located at Conglass, Inverurie, will incorporate a 60-bed modern care home, as well as eight semi-detached cottages to provide independent living facilities. All properties within the village will be serviced by a dual gas and biomass district heating systems.
The Care Village will replace Blytheswood Home in Port Elphinstone.
Talks are under way which will see one wing of the facility (12 beds) leased to NHS Grampian for five years for the provision of an in-patient assessment facility for older people with mental ill health.
Construction is scheduled to begin in December, with the new care village due to be complete and ready to be lived in by June 2015.
Policy and Resources Committee chair, Councillor Jim Gifford, said: “This is an exciting project for Inverurie and the wider Aberdeenshire area and I am pleased to see it going ahead.
“The Inverurie Care Village uses the same model as the new Edenholme Care Village in Stonehaven, an innovative design which will ensure top quality living standards and support for the residents.”
Committee vice-chair, Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, said: “This new care village is an example of the council’s commitment to providing high standard facilities and care for older people and adults with specialist needs.
“I am pleased to see we are working with NHS Grampian to try and ensure another important facility is provided in the Inverurie area.”