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Work gets under way on Canal Court sheltered housing

Posted on 4 Aug 2017
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Construction work is getting under way on a state of the art sheltered housing complex in Saltcoats.

A ground breaking ceremony signalled the beginning of the £6.48 million project to create 36 new homes for older people.

Provost Ian Clarkson and Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place at North Ayrshire Council marked the beginning of the construction phase at the site of the former Canal Court and David White Centre, which have been demolished to make way for the 21st century complex.

The Canal Court development has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the older population. Residents will benefit from a communal lounge, secure landscaped courtyard, and a visiting services room and scooter store.

It will also include a community hub, developed in partnership with North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership, offering clubs, classes and activities.

Councillor Montgomerie said: “One of our major priorities at North Ayrshire Council is to create homes that are suitable for the long term needs of local residents.

“This new sheltered housing complex will deliver that, by being fully accessible and easily adaptable to cater for the varying needs of our older population.

“We have already demonstrated how we can deliver the type of modern sheltered housing our older people need at Vennel Gardens in Irvine and Montgomery Court in Kilbirnie.

“These developments can transform the way the residents are supported and enable them to stay in their homes for as long as possible, while also helping to tackle the growing problem of social isolation.”

Former Canal Court residents were decanted to suitable accommodation to allow the demolition of the buildings. 

Construction work will be undertaken by hub South West. HubSW have been partners in delivering successful projects such as Arran’s Montrose House, Garnock Community Campus and North Ayrshire’s Professional Learning Academy.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of development partner hub South West, said: “This type of project is so important in ensuring the best possible care and accommodation in our communities, and we are delighted to be working with North Ayrshire Council and Ashleigh Construction Ltd to deliver these fantastic new residences. 

“We have an excellent track record in delivering education and health facilities to the authority, and look forward to improving upon this relationship in a new sector.”

The sheltered housing complex is scheduled to open in summer 2018.