CONSTRUCTION of a luxurious new retirement village in Newton Mearns will begin early next year.

The £60million development, named ‘The Hills at Whitecraigs’, will home more than 300 elderly residents with 214 one and two-bedroom flats, 38 cottages, and an 80-bed care home.

An estimated 365 jobs will be supported over the next 30 years with more than £74million said to be generated to the local economy.

The project is designed to encourage healthy living and wellbeing featuring tidal pools, spa facilities and a fitness suite.

The self-contained village will centre around a central two-storey club house, with a bar, cafe and community facilities all within.

Developer Scotsbridge Holdings is now targeting other suitable locations in Scotland for similar developments.

Aimed specifically at over 55s, it will promote a more holistic approach to residents’ health and wellbeing through its design and landscaping, with a high density of trees and water features, and specific facilities such as a bowling green.

Scotsbridge Director Shazad Bakhsh said: “It will set new standards for luxury living for over 55s with a strong emphasis on and health. What we plan to offer our residents is much more than a traditional retirement facility.”