Work on the Council’s new multi-million pound care home in Clydebank has officially begun.

The £14million project – part of the Queens Quay development – will provide accommodation for 84 people, and up to 50 more at a day care centre.

As well as being finished to a high standard inside, the outdoor facilities – including themed courtyards – will have views across the historic shipyard site and the Clyde.

When completed, the home will stand alongside a new medical centre, which received planning approval in May this year.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is such an important moment for Queens Quay as the first major development to begin and I am looking forward to seeing it progress.

“This new facility will play a crucial role in improving the care of our elderly citizens in our community, while also allowing them to keep some independence.

“The communal courtyards which will be created will also let residents enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and accessible environment.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, and Vice Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, added: “The wellbeing of our residents is at the heart of what we do, especially those who are elderly and need assistance.

“Many of our elderly residents will have strong links to the John Brown shipyard, and so it is wonderful that we have been able to bring it back to life in a way that they can enjoy. I’m sure being in the area will bring back emotional memories for them.”

The Queens Quay site is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) with West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) providing infrastructure funding.  Dawn Urban Regeneration Ltd is CRL’s development partner.

Duncan Graham, of Clydeside Regeneration Limited, said: “Its great news that work has begun on the care home and that another element of the Queens Quay masterplan is now underway. This is an important milestone in the development, which is one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects Scotland has ever seen.”

The care home is being built by construction group CCG.