Contract invitation for £2.5m special needs homes

Homes to be built off the Garmouth road in Lhanbryde
Homes to be built off the Garmouth road in Lhanbryde

MORAY COUNCIL HAS issued an invitation to builders to take on the contract for a new £2.5million centre for people who have complex needs.

The new development is required to take over from the former Maybank home in Forres which was earlier this year described as having become “unfit for purpose” by councillors.

Potential builders are being given until November 13 to come forward with their plans for ten new homes – seven bungalows for permanent residents, one for respite accommodation, one for communal use and the last as office accomodation on the site at Garmouth Road in Lhanbryde.

Chair of the Council’s health and social care services committee, Lorna Cresswell, said she was looking forward to the new build “so that the clients can get a better quality facility for their needs to be met”.

Moray Council revealed their plans for the new homes in July, having already agreed that operations at the Maybank home on St Catherine’s Road in Forres should cease. Plans for the new Lhanbryde complex went on display to the public in August.

The new complex will be staffed 24 hours a day and will be on a site that had previously been designated for industrial use. Each property will be purpose-built to suit the needs of occupants with health and social care staff working with families of individuals who might benefit from moving to the properties.