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Work on major Fortrose care home set to begin

By Calum MacLeod

WORK to create a new 40-bed care home for the Black Isle will get under way next month.

The new £4 million facility in Fortrose will be built by Chap Group for the Parklands Group.

The Fortrose facility will open in spring 2020, creating 50 full-time equivalent jobs.

From left: Douglas Thomson (Chap Group), Ron Taylor (Parklands Group) and Brian McFadzean (CRPG Architects).
From left: Douglas Thomson (Chap Group), Ron Taylor (Parklands Group) and Brian McFadzean (CRPG Architects).

Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands, said: “We are delighted to be working with Chap once again.

“This will be our ninth care home and a further sign of our continued investment in the Highlands. It is also an important investment for the Black Isle, not only in terms of the economic benefits it will generate, but because of the much-needed care services it will provide for the area, at a time when the elderly population in the Highlands is growing.”

In December, Parklands received an investment boost from BGF, formerly the Business Growth Fund, to help accelerate its growth. As well as its investment in Fortrose, the company plans to open a new £6.5 million care hub at Milton of Leys in Inverness, comprising a 48-bed care home and 16 assisted living suites. Work on the project, which will create around 100 jobs, is expected to begin this summer.

Mr Taylor added: “Over the next two years, we will invest almost £11 million in the region and create around 150 additional jobs, further enhancing the already significant social and economic contribution we make to the Highlands and Moray.”

Chap Group joint managing director, Douglas Thomson, said: “Chap Group are delighted to continue the successful relationship with Parklands. Chap have a proud history of delivering high quality projects and this project for Parklands marks an important stage for Chap, continuing our expansion of operations across Moray and Highland with five sites currently live across the region.”

The care home has been designed by Inverness architects CRGP. Bryan McFadzean, CRGP director, added: “We have worked closely with Parklands and Highland Council to design a building which is equipped to provide 21st century care but is nevertheless sensitive to its rural setting near an historic conservation area. It is an exciting, ambitious project and one we are proud to support.”

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