Spiralling costs render Forfar care home redevelopment unviable

A multi-million redevelopment of a Forfar care home has been cancelled by Angus Council due to rocketing costs associated with the project.

Mark Dowie
Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, 7:00am
Spiralling costs render Forfar care home redevelopment unviable

Spiralling costs in the construction industry and associated challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic mean that the project to replace the current accommodation at the The Gables Residential Care Home for Adults is no longer viable.

The total cost of the proposed development now exceeds £5.7 million compared to the original costs of £3.5 million.

The decision to halt the project was taken at the recent meeting of the Angus Integration Joint Board. Members agreed that a suitable alternative for residents will now need to be found, with the existing premises not an option as it is outdated and no longer fit for purpose.

A spokesperson for the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership said: “The welfare of residents is of paramount importance, as any decision we take will have the greatest impact on them. Now this decision has been taken, it is important that we move swiftly to provide them with certainty and the best possible solution for all concerned.

“They will all remain at the centre of any plans going forward. We will have full regards for their needs and views and ensure clear and consistent communication and engagement with them.”

Angus Council officers met with Scottish Government officials in January to discuss the cost increase and both parties felt that the redevelopment was no longer viable.

The Care Inspectorate was informed of the situation.

An options appraisal will now be undertaken to identify suitable alternative accommodation for residents, who will be individually considered with regarding their future accommodation choices. But, given the close ties the residents have with one another, there is a preference for the right premises to be found for them to be together in the Forfar area if possible.

There is also a preference to retain a highly skilled and staff team to provide continuing care for The Gables residents. Engagement and consultation will take place with residents, relatives, unpaid carers, staff and stakeholders to allow options to be assessed and developed, with proposal being reported to a future meeting of the Angus IJB​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

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