Residents return to fire-hit care home after £160,000 revamp

Alastrean House
Alastrean House

Residents of a care home damaged in a fire last year are preparing to move back in.

Alastrean House in Tarland will reopen for staff and residents next month.

The £160,000 repairs to the structure of the property were undertaken by The MacRobert Trust.

The refurbished building will initially include 29 bedrooms, with a further 22 to open at a later stage.

The fire, which occurred in January 2016, spread internally through the ducts to the roof space, causing damage to the walls and roof.

The home’s 38 residents and seven staff members were evacuated without injury.

Simon Power, estate manager at the MacRobert Trust, said: “The MacRobert Trust has undertaken extensive works to Alastrean House repairing the fire damage after the incident in early 2016 and restoring the house to a high standard and meeting current Care Inspectorate requirements.

“The Trust is delighted to welcome Balhousie Care Group back to the house and wishes them success in their running of the care home.”

An open day will be held at Alastrean House from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday for visitors and new residents to view the restored home.