A modern care home offering residents a rooftop garden with stunning coastal views, a gym and a cinema could be built on empty land in Stonehaven.
Scape Homes is preparing to submit plans for the development to Aberdeenshire Council by the end of the month.
The proposed site for the care home, bound by Wallace Wynd to the east and Cowgate to the west, has been vacant for years.
Developers say the facility would benefit from “outstanding” views across Stonehaven harbour.
The proposed L-shaped building would have 59 beds on the first three levels, with the roof garden and a communal area on the top level.
Leisure areas could include a bar for residents, a gym to help them remain active, a cinema and a private dining room.
Working with Scott Hobbs Planning and Yeoman McAllister, the team have released details online and encouraged local people to share their views.
The website explains that the number of people aged 75 and older in the area is higher than the national average and expected to increase further over the next decade.
Scape Homes has previously developed a variety of sites across Scotland, focused on student accommodation and residential schemes.
Following “personal experience regarding a search for appropriate care for elderly relatives in the area,” the company then explored the possibility of creating such a facility in Stonehaven.
A spokesman from the firm said: “The care home is being designed to provide very high standards in en-suite rooms and facilities to enable the highest quality care.
“There will be dedicated parking spaces within the care home land which will meet the needs of staff and visitors with no overspill required.
“The home will also create jobs for local people with ease of access through walking and public transport.”
He added: “The cafe, roof garden and visual outlook from the carefully set back fourth floor will be a real strength for the elderly residents who will be spending the last years of their lives at their care home.”