Former Perth hospital site to house new luxury care home

Paul Sokhi and David Wylie

PROPOSALS to transform the former Hillside Hospital site in Perth into a luxury 77-bed care home have been given the green light.

Perth & Kinross Council has approved plans for the facility on Dundee Road – the latest development to have been taken forward by Morrison Community Care Group (MCCG).

The company is recently formed a joint venture initiative with Glasgow-based contractor CCG to support the delivery of modern, elderly accommodation across Scotland.

Perth forms part of a trio of proposals that have been submitted by the firms since January. The others are a 58-bed care home in Clarkston, Renfrewshire, and a 68-bed development in Dalgety Bay, Fife.

Works to deliver a further 56 beds in Troon and 50 beds in Stirling remain ongoing.

Paul Sokhi, MD of Morrison Community Care Group, said, “With an ageing population and people living longer, there is a growing demand for modern luxury accommodation, with strong infection control design, for older people in Scotland. Thus, it is very exciting to be involved at Perth where we will aim to make a positive, long-term contribution by delivering sector-leading standards of health and care provision. It is yet another milestone for Morrison Community Care in our mission to develop 2000 beds across Scotland and Ireland by 2025.”

CCG MD, David Wylie, added, “Perth & Kinross is a local authority that we know well and we are delighted to be working with Morrison Community Care on this new care home.   We’re conscious of the work being developed by the Care Inspectorate to continually improve standards for residents and our designs will take this on board to deliver the level of quality associated with Morrison Community Care. This in tandem with our drive to improve sustainability and maximise a fabric first approach through our off site manufacturing division will combine and continue to set a new benchmark for delivery of care facilities. We believe that our combined expertise will help support our growing elderly population and we look forward to taking these proposals forward over the coming months.”