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Lord Provost to mark latest milestone in councilís new-build housing programme


Aberdeen City Council will mark the official opening of its latest new-build council housing developments with a ceremony on Saturday [03 November].

Lord Provost George Adam will help celebrate the completion of phases two and three of the project – 35 properties at Marchburn Park, Northfield, and 31 at Oldcroft Gardens in the Cairncry area of the city.

Aberdeen's new-build council housing programme has seen the creation of inspirational 21st century housing which is of high quality, sustainable and energy efficient. The new-build developments are intended to regenerate areas and provide much needed affordable accommodation in the city.

Phase one of the council housing programme saw the creation of 85 new homes; 30 at Hayton Road in Tillydrone, 28 at Byron Court in Northfield and 27 at Rorie Hall, Cults.

Marchburn Park was the second phase and comprises18 two-bedroom flats and 17 three-bedroom houses. The final phase, at Oldcroft Gardens, boasts 20 two-bed flats and 11 three-bed houses.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said: "This is another landmark moment for the council as it builds its first mainstream family homes for over 30 years, and is a very positive measure of the commitment the council has towards ensuring it continues to deliver services to meet the needs of its citizens, despite difficult economic times.

"I am delighted to see that the work is now complete and tenants can start moving in. I have been very impressed with the high standard of work involved in all phases of this project and I am sure all the new tenants will agree."

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, added: "In the current economic climate more and more people are in need of council housing and this has been reflected in an ever growing waiting list.

"The development of affordable housing to support independent living is essential and I am absolutely delighted that our new-build programme has reached this milestone. I congratulate everyone who has made this possible."

Infrastructure, support services and construction group Robertson was awarded the contract for the work after a rigorous tendering process.

Keith Taylor, regional managing director of Robertson, said: "We worked closely with Aberdeen City Council housing officers to design each of the new family homes to the highest standards. We are experts in sustainable design and construction and we have incorporated a number of features to ensure the houses are as energy efficient as possible, such as high levels of insulation, air-tightness and solar panels and efficient heating systems.

"As a local company, we are proud to have worked with Aberdeen City Council to provide affordable accommodation in the city."

The council's new-build programme (for all three phases) was funded by the housing revenue account and £3,030,000 of funding from the Scottish Government's Incentivising New Council House Building scheme.