Newly released film shows ‘fantastic progress’ in building the Haven Center in the Highlands, which will be Scotland’s first comprehensive center for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs

An illustration of what the Haven Center will look like for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.

Construction is ramping up on Scotland’s first multi-purpose center for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs at a site in the Highlands.

A recently released film takes stock of the construction of the £4.1million Haven Center in Inverness.

The project is being led by the Elsie Normington Foundation which said “fantastic progress” is being made on construction at Smithton.

The center will include three two-bedroom respite apartments for young adults up to the age of 30, a specialist indoor play center with childcare facilities, a community café, meeting spaces and a garden outside.

Prime contractor Compass Building and Construction Services expects construction, which began in March, to take 12 months.

Watch: Construction progress on £4.1m multi-purpose center

The project has received support from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Highland Council.

Fundraising continues through the foundation to support operational costs and improve services at the Haven Centre.

They include the first Haven Highland Hooley at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on September 2.

A range of auction lots are up for grabs, including lunch for two at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill. It also includes a kitchen tour and a West End show.


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