Cost approved for new children’s home

HOME FROM HOME: The new home is expected to be completed by 2014 if reports are approved.
HOME FROM HOME: The new home is expected to be completed by 2014 if reports are approved.

Banff and Buchan Area Committee approved the cost of a replacement children’s home at Scalloway Park this week, agreeing to recommendations to approve the £1,294,683.51 cost and authorise the design team to proceed to tender.

In a report to the Area Committee, councillors were told that, in 2004, the Social Work and Housing Committee had agreed to replace Scalloway Park in the future, the proposal following a series of reviews of the Council’s Corporate Parenting responsibilities which concluded that “the current buildings used for residential child care were not ‘fit for purpose’ and were not compliant with the increasing expectations of standards as expected by the Care Inspectorate.”

To minimise disruption for the current children at Scalloway Park and staff at the home, the construction of the new building is preferred to take place immediately adjacent to the current home.

Having agreed to the recommendation to approve the design team to proceed to tender, a further report seeking progression to construction of the home is anticipated in November.

The smaller, single storey building will be, as referenced in the report to Banff and Buchan Area Committee, a “‘home from home’ and have the appearance and setting of a private residential house, with additional provision of security and safety.”

The new home will accommodate six residents, providing services for young people and their families within the community.

Construction on the new home is expected to begin in early 2013, to be completed in February, 2014.

Councillors were told prior to agreeing to the recommendation that the Social Work and Housing Service had been consulted and supported the recommendation.

The Head of Finance, Monitoring officer within Corporate Services, and Head of Procurement and Procurement Business Partner within Corporate Services had not provided comment on the report.