CONSTRUCTION of a luxury £60 million retirement village south of Glasgow, named The Hills at Whitecraigs, will begin in the first quarter of next year, after developer Scotsbridge Holdings received full planning consent.

Scotsbridge said it was now targeting other suitable locations for similar developments, citing a pipeline of overseas investment.

The Hills at Whitecraigs, which is being built on a 17-acre “countryside setting”, is aimed at over-55s and will comprise 214 flats, 38 cottages, and an 80-bed care home.

The village will also feature a central two-storey club house, with a bar, cafe and community facilities. It will also include tidal pools, spa facilities, a fitness suite, multi-use spaces for community events, a contemporary restaurant and function suites.

Scotsbridge director Shazad Bakhsh said: “As people live longer there is growing demand for high-quality accommodation that will meet their changing needs, but also help them to enjoy a full, active and varied lifestyle.”

An independent economic impact study conducted earlier this year estimated the development would support more than 365 permanent jobs during the next 30 years and contribute more than £74m to the local economy within that timeframe, Scotsbridge noted.

Scotsbridge was established in 2015, by Mr Bakhsh and two Singaporean-based fellow directors, Kunal Nathani and Neeraj Daryanani.