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Significant milestone for Goathill Development


The final phase of the Goathill Development project reached a significant milestone recently with the completion of the Care Home and Housing with Extra Care facilities, both constructed by McLaughlin & Harvey.

The Goathill project is a hugely ambitious development which brings together a 52 Bed Residential Care Home and 50-unit Housing with Extra Care facility delivered by the Comhairle in partnership with the Western Isles Integration Joint Board and Hebridean Housing Partnership.

The overall project also included the building of 74 affordable homes delivered by Hebridean Housing Partnership and constructed by local firm O’Mac Construction.

The project objectives were very challenging and had to be progressed with an accelerated timescale to take advantage of funding opportunities. Excellent partnership working between the various agencies, including the Comhairle, HHP, Western Isles Joint Board and Scottish Government’s More Homes Scotland Division has enabled this significant milestone to be reached.

The Care Home, named Taigh Shìphoirt (Seaforth House), has four distinct wings named after local beaches; Garry, Bosta, Coll and Dalmore. The Housing with Extra Care building, named Bremner Court, includes a respite wing named Valtos. In addition, the campus also comprises a daycare facility which will be occupied by Solas (Alzheimer Scotland), a training suite and a new location for the Faire service.

The overall project consists of three distinct elements and was phased accordingly: enabling works, health and social care facilities and affordable housing. The Comhairle took the lead in procuring the enabling works for the overall site, which greatly reduced the affordable housing contract risk and provided an excellent opportunity for local contractors to tender for the affordable homes site. The enabling works which comprised significant bulk earthworks, drainage roads and utilities infrastructure, were carried out by McLaughlin & Harvey. This preceded a main works contract for the construction of the residential Care Home and Housing with Extra Care flats which the Comhairle led on and which was also awarded to McLaughlin & Harvey.

An already complex, challenging and ambitious project became even more so as a consequence of world events and the completed buildings are testament to the determination and hard work of many individuals and organisations, including the contractor, supply chain and consultant teams. Designed by architects Robert Potter and Partners, the project has also received advice and design consultancy  from the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).