£60m luxury retirement village project to break ground next year

CONSTRUCTION of Scotland’s first luxury retirement village will get underway early next year.

The £60 million self-contained project in Newton Mearns will be built on a 17-acre setting and will be called ‘The Hills at Whitecraigs’.

Developer Scotsbridge Holdings has received full planning consent and is now on the lookout for other suitable locations in Scotland for similar developments.

The retirement village will feature a two-storey club house containing a bar, cafe and community facilities. Other amenities for residents will include tidal pools, spa facilities, a fitness suite, spaces for community events, and a restaurant and function suites.

The Hills at Whitecraigs will comprise 214 one and two-bedroom flats, 38 cottages and an 80-bed care home. Aimed specifically at over 55s, it will promote a more ‘holistic’ approach to health and wellbeing through its design and landscaping, with trees and water features set to feature prominently.

Scotsbridge director Shazad Bakhsh said, “As people live longer there is growing demand for high quality accommodation that will meet their changing needs, but also help them to enjoy a full, active and varied lifestyle. The Hills at Whitecraigs will set new standards for luxury living for over 55s with a strong emphasis on and health and wellbeing. What we plan to offer our residents is much more than a traditional retirement facility and we want to change how people in Scotland look at later living.

“We’re proposing to break ground on the development in the first quarter of 2020 and are targeting the first phase of the residential units to be completed by third quarter of 2021.”