Morrison begins work on Aberdeen community hub

Aberdeen community hubMorrison Construction has started on a new £4.3 million learning disability centre in Aberdeen.

The facility is being built on the site of the old Burnside Day Centre on Mastrick Drive, between Muirfield School and Hillylands Independent Living Centre.

The new centre – which will replace the ageing Rosehill Day Centre in Ashgrove – has been fully funded from Aberdeen City Council’s capital programme and will be managed by the new Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP).

It will provide support and activities for up to 80 adults with severe learning and physical disabilities, and office space for 40 professional staff from ACHSCP.

The new centre will feature a café, along with a sensory garden which will be created and planted following completion of the building. Both will be open to the public.

Aberdeen community hub planCouncillor Len Ironside said: “The centre will provide a modern and welcoming facility for folk with learning and physical disabilities but it has also been designed to be a real community asset.

“The sensory garden will be open for people to visit and the café in the centre will also be a public facility. We want the new centre to be not just in the local community but a true part of it.”

Suggestions for a name for the centre will be gathered by officers from service-users and the local community over the coming weeks, and IJB members will choose from the shortlist this summer.

Morrison Construction, which won the contract for the building work, is aiming to complete the centre at the end of this year.

Mike Bruce, regional director for Morrison Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this purpose-built facility for the community of Aberdeen. We hope it will improve the experience of service-users, their families and the staff.

“I’ve seen before what a wonderful boost brand new facilities can give to everyone involved and key to its delivery will be our local team and our local supply chain.”

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