Work begins on Ayrshire care home

Work is now underway on the development of a new £7.5 million care home in Doonfoot, Ayrshire, which was marked by an official sod cutting ceremony on site.

The 52-bed facility is being developed by Meallmore, one of Scotland’s leading providers of nursing care, and is its first care home in the region.

Located on Dunure Road, the new home will provide in the region of 60 full time equivalent jobs in a variety of roles, including nurses, care assistants, hotel services staff, administrators and managers. Once open, it will offer quality, personalised care for 52 elderly people with general care needs including those with dementia and its related conditions.

Due to be completed in 2020, the two storey building makes extensive use of glass in the construction to create bright airy spaces with generous lounge, dining and activity areas for residents. It will be set within landscaped gardens, offering seamless access to the outdoors for residents.

Michael Gillespie, property director for Meallmore, says: “This new home has been designed to offer the highest quality facilities for our residents, making the most of the outdoor space available.

“We will be putting together a team of professionals, with a focus on local recruitment, who will give our residents the highest standard of care, based on their individual needs. We look forward to welcoming residents when the care home is complete.”

The construction work is being undertaken by Mactaggart & Mickel and will be completed in summer 2020.

Jamie McLean, group head of construction at Mactaggart & Mickel, adds:  “We are bringing our award-winning construction expertise to this development, while ensuring that the care home will blend seamlessly with nearby housing and other amenities.”