Scottish serial entrepreneur Robert Kilgour this week unveils the results of a £3m investment in one of his Aberdeen care homes, marking the 15th anniversary of his founding of Renaissance Care back in 2004.
The luxury refurbishment of the 35 bed Cowdray Club, a listed 19th century building in the Ferryhill area of the city, was carried out over a two-year period. Prospective residents and their families can see the successful outcome at an Open Day on Thursday (October 24th).
The duration of the work results from Kilgour’s determination that it should be phased allowing the home to remain open throughout to ensure residents remained safe and comfortable, as for many, Cowdray Club has been their long-term home.
The contract, which was carried out by local company Morrison Construction, included internal and external alterations and refurbishment of the existing building and a total refresh of existing facilities to the highest standards.
It included new mechanical and electrical installations, sanitaryware, alterations to room layouts, new finishes to floors, walls and ceilings with redecoration throughout. Bedrooms are all equipped with new fittings and furnishings.
Externally the works include hard and soft landscaping, car park enlargement and an accompanying refresh of the existing areas of the garden. The building fabric works include stonework, roofing and window repairs.
“I am delighted by the work that has been completed and believe that anyone coming along on Thursday will agree. The wait has been well worth it.”
Kilgour has also stepped up investment in the other Aberdeen parts of his Renaissance Care business – at Torry, Jesmond in Bridge of Don and Persley Castle – totalling £150,000 recently with a further £1m of works planned at these homes over the next year subject to planning permissions.
He added: “With this refurbishment, we believe that Cowdray Club has now become the premier care home in Aberdeen in terms of quality. It is an example of how we are continuing to invest in improving our facilities and in our people at our 14 homes throughout Scotland.
“We are a strong family-owned Scottish company and the Aberdeen area is very important to our ongoing growth strategy. We currently employ over 300 people in the city.
“Despite this being a very challenging time for the care of the elderly sector, we are still working hard at improving our facilities and environments, where possible, for both our residents and staff. We also strongly believe that this type of continued investment will help attract the standard of workforce that we require to look after our elderly residents and to move our business forward.”
Renaissance Care currently has 20 vacancies in the Aberdeen area for nurses, carers, and a variety of support workers and are always on the lookout to attract quality staff to join us on our exciting journey whenever possible.
The Aberdeen management area also covers two other Renaissance care homes in the north-east – Meadowlark in Forres and Wyndwell in Peterhead.