Care Homes

The aged and infirm are particularly vulnerable to the rapidly spreading fires like the huge blaze that destroyed an entire nursing home in Inverness in October 2010. Only because of prompt action by emergency services and together with help from local people did dozens of dementia patients manage to be carried to safety in the nick of time at the Culloden Court Care Home. The incident raises fundamental questions about the suitability of timber frame methods where evacuation from buildings will be slow or more complex.