A major refurbishment of Ardrossan’s Currie Court was revealed last week as North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon officially opened the new facilities.
Costing £2.3m, the project saw the 1970s-building transformed into a modern sheltered housing complex and 13 two-apartment houses. The original sheltered housing on the site was completely renovated, with the installation of new kitchens and wet-rooms for each property, and upgrading of the residents’ communal areas and kitchen.
North Ayrshire Council also took the opportunity to incorporate energy-efficiency measures designed to reduce running costs and combat fuel poverty, including re-roofing and applying insulated render to the exterior of the building.
The 13 two-apartment, supported-living houses are accommodated in a residential unit, which has a base for staff who will be on-site 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to assist residents with their needs.
The Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, SNP councillor Anthea Dickson, said, “This development provides modern accommodation and care-support for individuals who need it. We want to provide services and support for people to help them live as full and independent lives as possible.”
Ardrossan Independent councillor John Hunter welcomed the new facilities, saying, “Many thanks go to the Council officers who were involved in the project; the contractors who were first class and of course to the residents for their patience.
“The Council have spent wisely and obtained great value for money for the tax-payers of North Ayrshire. The refurbished residential unit, the independent living units and the day-care centre have been finished to an exceptionally high standard and I believe we will reap the benefit for many years to come.”
Currie Court was named after former Ardrossan Burgh councillor Willie Currie.