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Housing with care facility underway in Bathgate

Work has begun on a new £6.985 million housing with care facility in the heart of Bathgate.

West Lothian Council is building the new facility which will include 30 one bedroom flats, office accommodation and communal spaces for use by tenants and the wider community at Rosemount Court. The facility will also include shared support facilities including a dining area, laundry area, foyer and internal courtyard, hairdressers, multi-purpose rooms and staff facilities.

The project will also refurbish the existing Rosemount Court sheltered housing accommodation and convert existing bed sit accommodation to provide a total of 16 one bedroom flats. The new building aims to provide people with well designed, self contained one bedroom flats for independent living, alongside 24 hour staffing cover.

The project is being delivered by West Lothian Council's development partner Hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor GRAHAM Construction. 

Work onsite is now underway with the development expected to be complete October 2015.

This week, representatives from Hub South East and GRAHAM Construction joined Executive councillors Danny Logue, Anne McMillan and George Paul onsite to see the building work get underway. 

Danny Logue, West Lothian Council's Executive councillor for Social Policy, said: "This is an important stage in the process for a new facility which will provide homes and on-site support for older people in our communities, including some who are affected by dementia. The new building aims to provide people with well designed, self-contained one bedroom flats for independent living, alongside 24 hour staffing cover.

"We hope to produce an attractive and welcoming building that will enhance the appearance of the area, and offer a good quality of life for residents. Key features include a public street zone area comprising of a restaurant, community space and a hairdresser, with a garden and landscaped area for the community.

"West Lothian Council are committed to improving services for the most vulnerable members of our society and the Rosemount Court facility will offer a range of important care and support services for tenants."

Anne McMillan, Executive councillor for Health and Care added: "This is a significant investment by West Lothian Council and we are delighted that work is now underway. The development will start to take shape over the coming months and we believe that the proposed location on Mid Street offers a good location to provide both new housing and support services in the community for older people. The refurbishment of the existing sheltered housing building and the move to provide single bedroom flats rather than bedsits will provide a better quality of housing for older people."

Daniel Donald, Development Manager for Hub South East Scotland, said:

"This is our first project under construction with West Lothian Council and we are delighted that work has now begun on site. The Hub initiative is about delivering excellent community facilities for local people and this new and refurbished accommodation in Bathgate is a great demonstration of this. Once complete, not only will it help improve the quality of life and independent living for residents, but it will provide communal facilities for the wider community."

Neil McFarlane, regional director at GRAHAM Construction said:

"GRAHAM Construction has significant experience in delivering high quality healthcare facilities across the UK. 

"This is our first Hub project with West Lothian Council and we are looking forward to developing our strong relationship with the local authority. 

"Once completed, Rosemount will provide care to the elderly in this community within a welcoming environment which will include a range of state-of-the-art features." 

Notes to editors:

Hub South East Scotland

Hub South East Scotland Ltd was established in 2010 to provide development services throughout the Lothians and Borders. It was the first of five Hub companies to be set up across Scotland as part of a national initiative to develop cross agency community facilities which will support better joined-up public services. Hub South East Scotland is a joint venture development partnership between public sector service providers (NHS, Councils, and Emergency Services), Scottish Government (through Scottish Futures Trust) and a private sector consortium. This 20 year partnership is currently planning, funding, designing or constructing more than £400m of projects including schools, hospitals and community health partnership centres. For more information, visit:www.hubsoutheast.co.uk