Tender for £3m home for vulnerable young people

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A NEW £3m young persons’ home in Dundee could come a step closer next week as councillors are asked to approve contractors for the work.

A recommendation that Robertson Construction Tayside Ltd is chosen to build the council-run facility in Southampton Road will be considered by the council’s recess sub- committee on Wednesday (JULY 6).

Mark Flynn convener of the city development committee said: “Planning permission was given in December last year for the building and funding for the project has been identified in the council’s capital plan.

“Robertson Construction have been recommended as the contractor for the work as part of a direct award through Places for People Procurement Hub Framework.

The new £3,368,500 building will provide en-suite bedrooms, shared living space, dining room, activities room, kitchen and accommodation for staff in a single storey construction.

Stewart Hunter, convener of the children and families committee said: “When it is completed next spring this new home will provide up to six young people with a nurturing environment.

“It is needed to replace one of our existing homes and will help some of the most vulnerable young people in the city to grow up in a supportive and caring setting.”

The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day and will enable and support young people to go to school, college, university and work in a stable environment.

There are more than 460 care experienced young people in Dundee in foster homes, with families and in residential settings.

If the tender is approved it is hoped that work will start on site later this month.

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