BUILDING work on a pioneering £4 million centre for adults with learning difficulties and autism has begun.
The new Autism Day Care and Respite Centre will be situated on the site of Pefferbank Day Service on Duddingston Road West and will replace two day care facilities at Deanbank and Glenallan.
It will offer 20 day support service places and overnight accommodation for six people.
It is expected that the respite resource will cater for up to 55 people per year.
Graham Construction has been appointed the main contractor for the project, with the first phase seeing the demolition of the redundant Pefferbank Day Service.
City health leader Ricky Henderson said: “The new autism centre will be a fantastic resource for Edinburgh.
“For the first time adults with autism and learning disabilities will be able to access specialist services in a purpose-built environment.
“This pioneering development will also help to ensure that the families of people with autism receive assistance and respite facilities.”