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A SCOTTISH care home operator is to invest up to £10 million in a 60-bed facility site that will also include a nursery.

Mansfield Care’s new development in Haddington combined with a nursery catering for up to 60 children aged five and below will be its biggest project to date.

As part of the firm’s growth plans, the twin development is likely to create up to 100 new jobs, and is estimated to provide around £2m for the local economy each year.

Mansfield Care operates 11 care homes across Edinburgh, Borders and west of Scotland.

The building is set for completion in March 2023.

Andrew Hume, Mansfield Care founder, said the expanding population of Haddington and the surrounding area has underpinned their confidence in the need for both facilities.

He said: “This is our most ambitious and exciting project to date and is set to be of huge benefit to the local community.

“We have been diligent in our planning to provide the best possible care facilities that are in line with current and emerging guidelines around small scale living.

“It is our largest undertaking to date and will be our first purpose-built-from-scratch care home. It presents an exciting opportunity for us, and importantly will provide the people who require this service in Haddington and in the surrounding area.”

Following the company’s traditions of investing in small, friendly residential care homes, the facility will be split into six separate 10 bedroom wings to ensure residents receive bespoke and quality care. It will also accommodate a café, hairdressing salon and a private function space for its residents and their families.

Care home construction specialist, Appledorn, is the main contractor and is investing in local contractors and suppliers to assist in building the development.

A substantial 1400m2 sustainable drainage system [SuDS] wetland will be created to encourage ecological growth on site for everyone to enjoy. The wetland’s centre piece will consist of a 25m wide and 50m long environmentally friendly pond.

SuDS is an alternative means of handling surface water rainfall.

Howard Rogers, managing director of Appledorn, said: “This is a tremendous project for our team to be working on.

“It is important for us to involve the local community from the outset in construction. By working with nearby contractors and suppliers we hope to create jobs throughout this process.

“The SuDS wetland will also create a unique wildlife haven at the heart of the development for all to admire. We are looking forward to working with Mansfield Care in what will be the provider’s largest-ever development.”

The one-storey nursery would be built to the south of the care home and include two playrooms, changing facilities, a kitchen and office space, as well as a quiet room.

The Haddington development has been supported by cross-party local councillors from its inception.

East Lothian councillor Craig Hoy said: “The new care home and nursery are very welcome for Haddington and the wider area and will provide care facilities and much needed jobs locally.

“I wish Mansfield Care well as the construction gets under way.”

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