Housing minister officially opens Langstane development in Peterhead

(from left) Housing minister Kevin Stewart, James Knowles - chairperson at Langstane Housing Association and Helen Gauld – chief executive at Langstane Housing Association

Langstane Housing Association has made an addition to its affordable housing provision with the delivery of 15 new-build homes at Harbour Street in Peterhead.

Kevin Stewart, minister for local government, housing and planning, officially opened the new development last week.

The newly-renovated scheme, known locally as the Caley Fisheries Building, is a former Caledonian Ship Chandling warehouse (built circa 1805) situated at Peterhead Harbour.

Comprising fifteen one bedroom social rented apartments, the grade 3 listed building is within easy walking distance to the town centre and falls within the Peterhead central re-generation / conservation area. The design and construction teams have created properties that are well insulated, designed to be affordable to run and low maintenance.

Grant funding for the development was provided by the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland. The remaining funding was provided by Langstane Housing Association.

Langstane’s chairperson, James Knowles, proudly acknowledged the efforts of all those involved in developing the site over the past two years.

He said: “This is a great location to be redeveloped - sitting as it does within walking distance of the town centre and its amenities. The fact it lies in a conservation area is an added bonus and I hope our tenants will enjoy the wonderful views across the harbour.”

Kevin Stewart said: “I am hugely-impressed with Langstane’s commitment to create hundreds of new social homes over the coming years and I would urge you to drive forward with those plans and continue to make such a valuable contribution to our communities.”

Helen Gauld, chief executive of Langstane, added: “We are delighted to see the Caley Fisheries development in Peterhead officially open. The build which has taken place on this historic site has provided good quality affordable housing that has met the needs of people in Peterhead.”

A D Walker Ltd was the contractor for the development and the design team consisted of Michael Gilmour Associates (architect), David Chouman, president, Aberdeen Society of Architects (conservation architect) and McLeod & Aitken (QS).

Langstane Housing Association wished the residents many happy memories in their new homes.

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