'Luxury' care homes in Musselburgh and Bridge of Weir open after £20m investment

The first residents have been welcomed into two “state-of-the-art” Scottish care homes after a £20 million-plus investment by Morar Living.

Harbour House is a 43-bed newly converted development, located on the waterfront at Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh.

The firm, part of Simply UK, has pumped £20.5m into the opening of the two “luxury” care homes, situated in Musselburgh and Bridge of Weir.

Bosses said the investment provided a “much-needed injection of confidence” in Scotland’s senior living sector, following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Morar Living’s Bridge of Weir care home is a £12m, 74-bed purpose-built facility, set in the heart of the Renfrewshire village. Harbour House is a £8.5m 43-bed newly converted development, located on the waterfront at Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh.

The homes will accommodate residents from both the private and public sectors. Each has private dining areas, hair salon, cinema room, a bar, games room, several lounges and quiet lounges all designed to provide residents with a choice of venue in which to spend their time.

The homes will accommodate residents from both the private and public sectors. Each has private dining areas, hair salon, cinema room, a bar, games room, several lounges and quiet lounges all designed to provide residents with a choice of venue in which to spend their time.

The homes will provide more than 100 jobs across the two locations, while the construction projects created almost 120 contractor and site worker positions locally.

Morar said the facilities were finished to resemble “well-appointed upmarket hotels”, offering “luxury five-star accommodation”.

The firm currently has more than 200 beds over three new care homes in Scotland – Castlehill in Inverness, which opened earlier this year, Harbour House in Musselburgh and the new Bridge of Weir home.

A further three care homes are currently under construction, at Perth, Stirling and Helensburgh, and are expected to open during 2021.

Linda Meston, director of care at Morar Living, said: “Our aim is to develop exemplary new care homes, which provide safe and secure environments for our residents, to enable later life to be lived to the full.

“Enquiries for the new care homes have started taking off as people start to think about their own care needs, or their loved one’s need for care which may have been highlighted or delayed during the pandemic.

“It is great to get the care homes opened, with all the building and fitting out completed. The managers Melanie McGhee at Bridge of Weir and Judith Meaden at Musselburgh are in post and staff have been recruited for the first phases of opening.”

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