Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy care home needs major repairs costing £7 million

The care home in the East End only opened in 2017 but needs major works carried out
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A council-run care home which was part of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games legacy is in need of £7million of repairs just six years after opening.

Up to 60 residents at Riverside Care Home in Dalmarnock are set to be moved out while work takes place, which means extra beds in private homes will be bought. Accommodation for athletes, built by private consortium City Legacy Ltd, was refitted by the council’s arms-length company City Building after the 2014 games, but the home’s opening was delayed until 2017.

In 2015, the council said the delay was due to “alleged design and construction defects” which meant floor panels needed to be replaced and “remedial works to external areas were required”. A council spokesman said current problems are a “separate issue”. Officials have reported the entire flooring needs to be changed as “incorrect” insulating material was used, and timber boarding on the outside of the building is in “a poor state of repair”.

The council spokesman said the work is “essential” and ensuring “residents, families and staff are kept fully informed” on how it will “affect the operation of the home is of crucial importance”. He added: “Undertaking a single, consolidated package of work would help us to avoid ongoing, day-to-day disruption to the operation of the home, which would be caused by trying to complete the repairs on a piecemeal basis.

“This approach would allow us to tackle effectively and efficiently the building issues that have been affecting the home in recent years while shielding residents from disruptive work such as flooring replacement.”

Families will be written to about the repairs plan and there will be an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with the project team on how the temporary reduction in capacity will be managed. Capacity at the home will be temporarily reduced by 60 places to “allow work to be consolidated in one wing of the home at a time”. The total scheme, including the repairs and funding for extra care home beds, is expected to cost just over £10m.

A report by officials stated: “To mitigate this impact, it is proposed to secure places within private care homes across the city to ensure capacity is maintained in the system and not negatively impact on discharges from hospital.” Flaking paint on the timber boarding is making it “unsightly”, the report stated. It was “pre-treated under factory conditions to inhibit surface spread of flame”, but this is “making it complex to decorate whilst maintaining the spread of flame guarantee”.

The council is planning to install timber-effect boarding instead, which is “fire resistant and virtually maintenance free”. Flooring in the building has been “a perennial problem almost since handover”, the report added. Investigations, by council officials and an independent expert, have found the “incorrect insulating substrate material has been installed”.

This has led to “constant repairs and therefore it is recommended that the entire flooring system is replaced”. Fixings on balcony handrails will also be replaced. Council officials will ask the city administration committee to approve the use of just over £6.5m on the project at a meeting on Thursday. Over £3.5m has already been identified.

All admissions to the care home have been suspended since August 1.