Kinloch site contract awarded to Perth firm

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ANGUS Council has accepted a tender to construct a new care centre and supported housing at the Kinloch site in Carnoustie from Mansell Construction Services Ltd.

The council’s health and social work committee were told yesterday (Thursday) that the Perth based firm submitted the lowest tender of £6.7 million.

The Kinloch project will see a two storey care home which will be able to provide specialist dementia care and also office space for health and social work staff.

There will also be a single story development of 25 two-bedroom properties and three one-bedroom tenancies available with communal lounges, assisted bathing facilities, activity rooms and ancillary accommodation all linked to the care home.

It is estimated that the whole project will cost the local authority almost £9 million with the funds set to come from the capital funds budget.

A report by corporate services director Colin McMahon explained that the bid submitted by Mansell Construction Services was competitive.

He said: “It was originally anticipated that the tender returns for this project would have been in line with the tender figure provided by the fifth placed contractor.

“Due to the current volatile state of the construction market tender prices have been difficult to predict and this is indicated by the prices received from the five contractors.

“The general level of pricing contained within the lowest offer is considered to be very competitive having regard to the nature, specification and extent of the work involved.”

Other companies that were invited to tender for the project were Muirfield Ltd, based in Dundee, Robertson Construction Group from Stirling, G & J Seddon Ltd from Glasgow, Morrison Construction and Glasgow based CCG Ltd.

The same report informing members about the funding and tenders for the project will also go before the neighbourhood services committee next week and the corporate services committee next month.

It is hoped work can start on the site at the end of this month and a contract period of 94 weeks being entered into.

Earlier this week, the development standards committee approved planning permission for a biomass boiler to be installed on the former Kinloch school site.

A further report that was due to go before the committee also revealed that Angus Council plan to install a webcam so people can keep up to date with progress at the site via the local authority’s web pages.

A turf cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday when pupils from Burnside and Woodlands Primary School’s will plant a time capsule on the site.

A presentation has also been made to school pupils to show them how the site will work and the presentation is now available for residents to view in Carnoustie Library.

Once finished the Kinloch site will also contain a new community facility which will be led by the Carnoustie Centre Action Group.