A MULTI-MILLION pound revamp of the former Red Cross House is running over budget, the Times can reveal.

The £3.4 million care unit for disabled people in Irvine is facing set backs and delays and North Ayrshire Council has overspent on adapted homes being built at the Tarryholme Drive site.

Council papers showed costs could run to £708,432 above budget for this financial year.

Councillors have been told building work is behind schedule for the learning disability facility, which is to be named Trindlemoss.

A sensory garden and hydrotherapy pool are also part of the plans.

The development consists of a learning disability day centre and a care home.

There will also be 20 houses providing supported accommodation for people with complex learning disabilities. Another nine properties would offer community based mental heath rehabilitation.

Senior council manager David Forbes told councillors at a cabinet meeting that “a potential overspend has been identified.”

Councillor Robert Foster asked for more information about the hold-up during the meeting in Irvine this week.

Chief finance officer Caroline Whyte said the overspend was caused by the delay, describing the new build as “complex” with a number of parties involved.

Red Cross House announced closure plans in December 2015 which left its residents homeless and 77 members of staff redundant.

But the NAC and NHS Ayrshire & Arran stepped in to take over the running of the building with plans to transform the facility.