Affordable housing development launches in Stenhousemuir
Delivered on behalf of Falkirk Council, ‘The Old Police Station’ comprises 18 social rent flats on the site of the former Larbert Police Station, and the council’s Registry Office.
Extending to three storeys, the flats are sympathetically constructed behind the new stone frontage, which was built to replicate the original two storey Victorian façade.
The development offers 9 two and 9 one bed apartments, and given its town centre location, residents have easy access to local amenities. A lift has been installed allowing all flats to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and despite the development constraints of the site, on-site parking, gardens, and drying areas have also been provided. The apartments have proven very popular and were all allocated to tenants within five days of completion.
CCG’s iQ Closed Panel Timber Frame System, manufactured in the company’s bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility in Cambuslang, CCG OSM, was utilised for the construction. The use of this system brought huge efficiencies at site level including quicker construction enabling ‘The Old Police Station’ to be delivered within a period of just 57 weeks. Also, due to excellent thermal efficiency ratings, the development was delivered to a Bronze Active Standard.
Residents will also benefit from enhanced energy savings through room zoned underfloor heating, and electricity generation for each flat from designated solar PV panels.
Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO, CCG, said: “CCG has extensive experience in the delivery of projects like ‘The Old Police Station’. We understand the significance of historical preservation due to the level of care required on site, as well as acknowledging the requirement to rejuvenate a popular local landmark so to deliver this project on time and on budget is an outstanding achievement. I am immensely proud of our site team and thank them for all of their efforts.”
Margaret Wilson, neighbourhood co-ordinator for Falkirk Council, added: “We are delighted with this new build council housing development, which provides additional council housing for rent in the centre of Stenhousemuir. The development has proved very popular, and we have received positive feedback generally from local residents happy to see the site redeveloped. We have also received good feedback from tenants who are delighted with their new homes.”
This successful development forms part of Falkirk Council’s new build housing investment programme which plans to deliver over 160 houses new council houses for rent, in the next five years.