12 March 2019
Independent care home provider Parklands is to begin construction of a new 40 bed care home for the Black Isle next month.
The company has appointed Aberdeen based CHAP Group to build the new £4 million facility in Fortrose. The firm recently completed construction of a £4.5 million care home for Parklands in Grantown which opened to residents last September.
The Fortrose facility will be Parklands’ ninth care home and will open in spring 2020, creating 50 full time equivalent jobs.
Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands said: “We are delighted to be working with CHAP once again. Our new Grantown care home is a superb addition to the group and residents are very much enjoying their new home. We look forward to working with CHAP to deliver an equally impressive care home for Fortrose.
“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 to help accelerate its growth. As well as its investment in Fortrose, the company plans to open a new £6.5 million care hub in Inverness, comprising a 48 bed care home and 16 assisted living suites, situated in the Milton of Leys area of the city. Work on the project, which will create around 100 jobs, is expected to begin later 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.”
The CHAP Group is one of Scotland’s leading privately owned construction groups.
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 new care home has been designed by Inverness architects CRGP.
Bryan McFadzean, director of CRGP added: “We are delighted to be working with Parklands on such an important development for the Black Isle. We have worked closely with Parklands and The 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.”
Pictured (l to r): Douglas Thomson, Ron Taylor and Bryan McFadzean