Blantyre Care Hub

There was bad news today for the new Blantyre Care hub on the former St Joseph’s Primary School site as South Lanarkshire Council rejected the initial construction bids.

Both bids from contractors were thrown out for being too expensive forcing a new tendering process involving more contractors. It could potentially mean another delay.

The new £18m community hub had expected to commence earlier this year, though plans were delayed due to the covid pandemic.

Head of health and social care, Ian Beattie, advised that two initial bids had come in over budget.

He said: “Currently, bids are being evaluated. We are expected to be on site later this year as planned.”

Despite the gathering of tremendous support at 2 community open days, the site has proven controversial, attracting many objections too. Over 800 of them, with most relating to proposals around the entrance and parking. The 1.9 hectare vacant site will be turned into 45 homes for social rent – 20 of which will be technology enabled – and a two-storey community and care facility.

The council hope that the dedicated intermediate care facility will support people to live in their own homes for longer. Every house will have its own parking space, while community-facing elements of the hub would include a cafe, a technology area, meeting spaces and consultation/treatment rooms.

South Lanarkshire Council hope to be back on track as by end of Autumn.

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