Affordable low energy community housing project for Kirknewton

Affordable low energy community housing project for Kirknewton

Kirknewton Community Development Trust has entered into a £1.696 million contract with Colorado Construction Ltd for the building of seven affordable, energy efficient houses, intended for occupation by those from within the Kirknewton community who face increasing needs.

The project will have cost nearly £1,950,000 by the time it is completed and is funded by the Rural and Islands Housing Fund from Scottish Government, the Scottish Land Fund, Ecology Building Society and Kirknewton Community Development Trust Ltd.

Architectural design and management is being undertaken by Robertson Architecture & Design, Livingston.

The site is at the east end of the village of Kirknewton, lying between the former main road to the Camps level-crossing and the Jencks Stones landscape art form, the railway line and Main Street.

Possession of the site by Colorado will take place on or around the 3rd July and the projected programme is 43 weeks.

These homes are designed to near Passivhaus standard with the help of the Horizon Housing Association, a member of the Link Group and appointed managers.

The homes support accessible and inclusive living, and of course sustainability. They have been developed by and for the community, reflecting the ethos of the origins of the community housing sector.

Horizon’s accessible housing ambassador, Scottish Paralympian Aileen Nelson said: “Having been lucky enough to travel all over the world, we faced many challenges finding suitable accessible accommodation so it’s really important for accessible housing to be developed which is of the right size and right type to meet a range of needs.”

Bryan Laird, principal civil engineer at Harley Haddow, said: “We’re pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile local project, providing our civil, structural and mechanical & electrical utility infrastructure design services for the development approvals of these residential properties. It is great to be working with the community development trust to provide much needed affordable properties to local people and we’re looking forward to seeing this project develop further.”

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