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WATCH: Progress on construction of pioneering £4.1m Haven Centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs across the Highlands

By Val Sweeney

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An illustration of how the Haven Centre will look.
An illustration of how the Haven Centre will look.

A new video shows progress on the construction of Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs at a site in Inverness.

The long-awaited £4.1 million Haven Centre in Smithton will comprise three two-bedroom respite flats for young adults up to the age of 30, an indoor specialist play centre with childcare facilities, a community café, meeting spaces and outdoor garden.

Building work, which began in March, is expected to last about 12 months.

The project is led by the Elsie Normington Foundation and has received support from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery Community Fund and Highland Council as well as the public.

The principal contractor is Compass Building and Construction Services.

Foundation chairwoman Elsie Normington said the vision was closer to becoming a reality.

"We are delighted with the progress on site, the foundations for both the play centre and respite flats have been poured and all of the drainage works have been completed," she said.

"Everything is going to schedule, with next week seeing the arrival of the timber frames for the buildings.

"We are moving ever closer to achieving our vision and providing the Highlands of Scotland with this much need integrated facility for children and young adult with severe and complex needs and disabilities."

Once completed, the centre is expected to be life-changing for children and young adults from across the Highlands with severe learning disabilities and their families.

Progress reports can be found at enfoundation.co.uk/latest-news

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