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£3.5m care home proposed for Grantown

Thursday 18 September 2014

40 bed facility to meet ‘pressing need’ for more care capacity

Plans for a multi million pound residential and nursing care home in Grantown have been announced by an award winning local care home group.

Parklands Group, one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland, has submitted plans to The Highland Council for a state of the art 40 bed single storey care home for the elderly.

The new home - proposed for a site on Seafield Avenue - will feature four living wings, each with a day room, dining room and 10 en-suite bedrooms. The home will also feature a café, family room, hairdressing salon and a secure garden. A landscaped car park will provide 25 off street parking spaces.

The facility will be modelled on Parklands’ latest care homes in Tain and Muir of Ord, recently built at a cost of £5 million. The bright, modern buildings boast luxury en-suite accommodation, with rooms typically 40% larger than the minimum standard set down by the National Care Standards. Every room features a Smart TV with integrated camera so that residents can Skype loved ones anywhere in the world.

Around 50 jobs could be created in Grantown as a result of the investment, with many more in the construction phase.

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The project has been designed in line with the objectives of the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan: in particular, its aim to promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities. It also meets the need for additional care capacity in the town, which has a significantly higher proportion of over 75s than the Highland or Scottish average, according to the 2011 Census.

Parklands has a strong track record of providing care in Grantown, having previously run the Mount Barker care home in the town. The centre was closed in 2010 to allow for refurbishment in order to bring the three storey Victorian facility up to modern care standards.

However, plans to upgrade and expand the building proved unsuccessful when it became clear that the ageing building was unsuitable as a 21st century care facility.

Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands, who lives in Grantown, said: “Mount Barker was a wonderful facility and our residents enjoyed their time there. However it became increasingly clear that the building was no longer able to provide the range of care services expected of a modern care facility.

“The state of the art facility we are proposing, the first purpose built facility of its kind in Grantown for decades, will enable us to deliver a range of care services in a modern, state of the art care home that introduces new levels of comfort and luxury to the care sector. Our new homes in Tain and Muir of Ord have been well received by residents and their loved ones, and by the wider community.

“We believe there is a pressing social need for additional care capacity in Grantown, where the number of people aged 75 and above is significantly higher than the Highland and Scottish average. The town is well served by its two existing care home facilities. However, with only 65 care placements currently available, the number of places is extremely limited, a problem highlighted by The Highland Council as far back as 2010. By enhancing local care provision, we can ensure that more elderly people can continue to live in Grantown, surrounded by loved ones, rather than be uprooted to care homes elsewhere. Keeping families and communities together has to be a key priority.”

He added: “This is a substantial investment by Parklands in Grantown, not just in terms of the employment this new care home will create, but also in terms of the care challenges it will address. With a large, ageing population, this new care home will provide the additional capacity that Grantown so desperately needs.”

A public exhibition detailing the plans will be held in Grantown on Tuesday 23 September at the Grant Arms Hotel, from 4.00-7.00pm.



Notes to the Editor

The development: in detail
The proposed 40 bed care home will consist of four separate wings. Each wing branches off a central foyer much like an apartment lobby. Rooms are positioned to the rear of each wing in order to maximise privacy. Communal areas are positioned at the front of each wing so that residents can welcome and entertain relatives.

There will be a cafe to the centre of the building with access and views out onto secure, landscaped gardens.

The construction of the care home will use as much glass as possible in order to maximise light and maintain connections with the outside world. In other Parklands care homes, residents have enjoyed the use of bay windows with seating areas. This has been implemented in the plans for the prospective home.

The care home is a single storey development, set back from the road to limit visual impact. There will be ample off street parking for residents and staff.

The need for additional care capacity in Grantown
The 2011 Census shows that Grantown has a significantly higher proportion of older people than the Highland and Scotland average, reflecting its popularity as a retirement setting.

The following table illustrates the town’s age profile:

Age profile

Grantown on Spey

Highland Council Area


% 65 years old and over




% 75 years old and over




The town also has a higher proportion of households where all residents are 65 and over: 9.4% Grantown, 8.9% Highland and 7.8% Scotland.

However, the provision of specialist accommodation and facilities has not kept pace with this growth in Grantown. Currently, only 65 care placements are available in the town’s two existing care homes (20 at Grant House, 45 at Grandview care home).

In addition, the planned closure of Ian Charles hospital makes the need for this new care home more urgent, particularly as this will result in the loss of convalescence beds in the town. This is an increasingly important service as it allows patients to receive short term respite care before returning home. In the absence of Ian Charles hospital, the new care home will meet this need.

A 2010 report by The Highland Council examined the business case for building a new, larger home to replace Grant House. The Council ultimately rejected the proposal – on the basis of the significant capital costs associated with a new build - and instead suggested that the independent sector could meet the demand for additional capacity.

The report can be downloaded here >

About Parklands
Parklands Group is an award winning care company established in Buckie in 1993. The company is one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland, providing around 250 care placements at seven locations across Moray and Highland, including Buckie, Keith, Aberlour, Tain and Muir of Ord. The company employs 475 staff across the region. Parklands’ care staff are paid a Living Wage of £7.65 per hour. In 2012, Parklands was named ‘Most Outstanding Care Home Group’ in the UK.



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