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February 5 2015

Newton Mearns care home gets underway
Work to deliver an £8m care home in Newton Mearns has kicked off with nursing and care provider Meallmore moving on site as part of a larger Mactaggart & Mickel residential scheme.

Designed by Bracewell Stirling Consulting the 68-bedroom scheme is located on the corner of Waterfoot Road and Broom Road East and will be finished in render and stone complete with a feature wall defining the main entrance.

Scheduled for completion in 2016 the U-shaped dementia-friendly build will sit within landscaped grounds, wrapping around both wings of accommodation.

Meallmore MD Gerry Hennessey said: “This new home has been designed to offer the highest quality facilities for our residents, making the most of the outdoor space available. Together with the apartments, it has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding residential area and architecture in Newton Mearns.”

7 Comments

Roddy
#1 Posted by Roddy on 5 Feb 2015 at 14:32 PM
Looks like the designers have really pushed the boat out on this one....
Newton Mearns
#2 Posted by Newton Mearns on 5 Feb 2015 at 16:42 PM
Yet another uninspired lump covered in white render for Newton Mearns.
james
#3 Posted by james on 6 Feb 2015 at 09:09 AM
And on a pedantic functional note - Surely The ground floor kitchen / dining / lounge areas will be slightly 'oppressive' and lose significant daylight by the very rarely-used first floor balconies? Better to have designed the ground floor footprint out to the balcony line - as they have in fact done elsewhere.
I don't really care what it looks like. As the man says 'it has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding residential area and architecture in Newton Mearns.' So ther. end of discussion. move along, nothing to see here
Lyndsay
#4 Posted by Lyndsay on 6 Feb 2015 at 11:25 AM
Another developer patronising the elderly by building 'wendy' houses. The design and material quality of the majority of new build housing stock in this country is frighteningly poor. Note to self: must do better.
Roddy
#5 Posted by Roddy on 9 Feb 2015 at 03:39 AM
Poster #3 has completely missed the point with his blunt and somewhat callow critique.
Can I direct him to the planning application on E. Renfrewshire's Planning portal where the full depressing nature of this scheme is revealed: long internal corridors broken only by fire doors, excessive looking travel distances to day dining , quiet rooms shoehorned between circulation and sluice rooms.The gloom in the accommodation as mentioned by contributor #3 is pretty small beer in the context.
Additionally the MD of this care home asserts that it has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding residential area and architecture. On the face of it this is commendable but (as depicted) the homely and familiar domestic scale of Newton Mearns becomes ossified into the form and scale of an institution. There are surely better building types.
The issue of how we look after an increasingly elderly population is burning and current. Is this really the way we expect dignity and memory in old age to be served?
I know that UR has covered a number health projects in the past. May I be so bold as to suggest to the Editor that this might be a good time to include a feature on care homes in Scotland & abroad which look to a more progressive and humane vision of how we deal with old age.
james
#6 Posted by james on 9 Feb 2015 at 08:05 AM
#5 - blunt and callow? - and there was me thinking i was being generous! Of course, of course it could be designed to a wholly compassionate, domestic and non-institutionalised, non-staff-efficient brief and pigs may fly, but that's not the point, rodders. Just follow the money! FOLLOW THE MONEY, WILLYA! and spare us the lecture.
Roddy
#7 Posted by Roddy on 9 Feb 2015 at 11:40 AM
I though I was being generous with blunt and callow.

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