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Key Aberdeenshire housing project progressing well

10 February 2015
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Councillors have visited an affordable housing development set to transform part of Peterhead town centre.

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association is managing the £7.6 million project, which will see Aberdeenshire Council receive 42 of 62 new properties.

Work began on the site of the former Craigewan nursing home in September. Sanctuary’s contractor GRAHAM Construction has been erecting timber frame kits since the completion of groundwork in December.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “We are proud to manage this important project for Aberdeenshire Council and are happy elected members could visit to see how it has progressed.

“This development will soon improve the area’s affordable housing stock and help regenerate central Peterhead.”

The majority of timber frame kits will be erected by April, with roof and brick work set to continue meantime. The project is expected to complete in the autumn.

Aberdeenshire Council will receive 31 mainstream properties and 11 flats for supported housing for clients with learning disabilities. The remaining 20 houses will be available for social rent and managed by local housing provider Tenants First, a member of Sanctuary Group. The Scottish Government provided £1.3 million and Aberdeenshire Council £216,000 in grant funding towards the project.

Councillor Karen Clark, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary Scotland to provide much needed affordable housing in Peterhead.

“This development is part of a significant commitment by Aberdeenshire Council to increase the number of affordable homes across Aberdeenshire.

“This is key to ensuring we are able to attract key workers to the area as well as providing homes for people on our waiting lists.”