Plans for 54 Aberdeenshire affordable homes back on track

Aberdeenshire CouncilTwo council housing developments in Aberdeenshire worth more than £8 million are back on track a year after the contractor for the works went into administration, the Aberdeen Evening Express has reported.

Aberdeenshire Council said it expects to complete 54 affordable homes in Fraserburgh and Inverurie by August and September respectively.

Both of the projects, which are to lead to the creation of homes in Barrasgate, Fraserburgh and Martin Brae, Inverurie, were up in the air after Dundee-based Muirfield Contracts went into administration in March last year.

Robertson Construction has stepped in to finish the project in Fraserburgh, which includes the creation of 30 low-energy homes forming part of the council’s three-year vision to boost affordable housing numbers.

The council has estimated it expects the £5.1m development to be finished by August.

Meanwhile, a £3m development in Inverurie consisting of 24 affordable units, which Bancon Homes will be responsible for, is also back on track and expected to be finished in September.

A report to be heard by councillors on the local authority’s social work and housing committee states: “New build is currently showing an underspend of £1.287m which equates to 14 per cent of the revised budget.

“This is due to delays with sites in Barrasgate, Fraserburgh and Martin Brae, Inverurie as a result of Muirfield going into administration and procuring new contractors to take on these builds.

“Both of these projects are now on site and due for completion in August and September respectively.”

The council also confirmed work is continuing to deliver a further 169 new council homes across eight sites in the area.

Of the total, 82 have been delivered with the remaining 87 due for completion later this year.

An additional 92 affordable homes are also expected to be completed by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.

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