For­mer Glen­coe hos­pi­tal build­ing may be­come a guest­house

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - News Inverness -

THE for­mer Glen­coe Hos­pi­tal build­ing, which was put up for sale af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion by NHS High­land to close it in 2009, has been bought by a pri­vate owner. Roger Neimeyer, a busi­ness­man who cur­rently lives at Onich, is un­der­stood to have bought the build­ing and grounds, which in­cludes 10 acres of parks, a lochan and cir­cu­lar walk. The sale comes af­ter an ear­lier un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt at a com­mu­nity buy­out of the build­ing, which was orig­i­nally a Vic­to­rian man­sion house and coun­try home of Lord Strathcona.

It was placed on the mar­ket by NHS High­land at of­fers in ex­cess of £445,000 in Fe­bru­ary af­ter the 114-year- old hos­pi­tal closed in early 2009. The clo­sure prompted protests from lo­cal res­i­dents.

How­ever, of­fi­cials de­fended their de­ci­sion say­ing the hos­pi­tal cost more than £1mil­lion a year to main­tain and was “no longer fit for pur­pose”.

NHS High­land con­firmed ear­lier this year that six of­fers were made for the build­ing and grounds.

Mr Neimeyer has al­ready made in­tro­duc­tions to his new neigh­bours and has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to use the build­ing as a pri­vate res­i­dence with the pos­si­bil­ity of a guest­house.

Work is cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken on the prop­erty and scaf­fold­ing has been erected around on one sec­tion of the house.

NEW­ROLE: The site of the for­mer Glen­coe Hos­pi­tal, which shut in 2009 when NHS bosses ruled that it was not fit for pur­pose

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