Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. Our frequently asked questions for the Foyer are available here.
Live update: 10/04/2019
Works are progressing well on site with the contractor, Stewart & Shields, completed the foundations for all blocks along with building retaining walls around the bungalows. They are also currently in the process of laying some substantial drainage pipework across the site.
The design of the Foyer building has changed slightly in that it now provides 8 single bedroom flats for the young people accessing the service.
The works are on programme and are due for completion in March 2020.
The proposals, which were designed by Aitken Turnbull Architects, will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New parking spaces for 37 vehicles will also be created on the site. Built alongside the new homes, the Youth Foyer will offer supported accommodation for up to 8 young people, in order to combat youth homelessness and to increase employment and opportunity.
Youth Foyers, which are recognised as international best practice, provide safe and secure housing, support and training for young people aged 16 -25. The Stranraer Foyer will be a first for Dumfries and Galloway and only the second foyer in Scotland.
Young people living at the Foyer will be expected to be either in education, an apprenticeship, other employment or training, and will have access to volunteering opportunities within the community. The Youth Foyer will also offer community access areas, a state of the art conference facility, breakout spaces and access to WiFi, creating a transformational space for Stranraer and Wigtownshire. We are also looking to partner with local employers and you can find the frequestly asked questions for employers here.