Construction starts on £4.5m complex care development in West Lothian

CRUDEN Building East has started construction work at a new £4.5 million complex care housing development in West Lothian.

West Lothian Council’s project at Cawburn Road, Pumpherston is expected to open in November 2022. The facility will support individuals with complex and specialist care needs, enabling the local authority to support discharge arrangements for individuals in long-stay hospital placements and those currently being supported in resources outwith West Lothian.

West Lothian Council is funding the project with additional funding via the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Support Programme.

Allan Callaghan, MD of Cruden Building East, said, “We are pleased to start work on this new development where we are building 16 new terraced bungalows which will be linked to a separate single storey staff building with parking provision and landscaping. We will incorporate a number of sustainability features at this new project, including the use of ground source heat pumps to provide energy efficient heating and hot water.

“As with all our developments, we will be providing a wealth of community benefits to support the local area. This includes work placements, apprenticeship placements, and tender and training opportunities for local businesses.”

Angela Doran-Timson, executive councillor for health and care at West Lothian Council, said, “It is great to see the site now progressing in an area that has seen a lot of development over recent years. This is in keeping with the vision of the redesign and modernisation programme for adults with learning disabilities which will see a significant shift in the balance of care from hospital to community settings. This is a significant investment in local care facilities for vulnerable people. We are committed to delivering this vitally important centre and we look forward to the centre opening next November.”