Video: Tenants move into new-build council houses in Aberdeen

Tenants have moved into phase one in a development of new council flats which are part of a huge programme building 2,000 new council houses across Aberdeen.

The 67 flats at Wellheads in Dyce are phase one in a mixture of 2 to 8 people flats houses for varying needs with 283 new properties in this development being built by Aberdeen City Council.

The major project which is providing council homes across the city is one of several sites across Aberdeen which form part of the wider Aberdeen City Council Housing Programme aiming to address a long-term shortage of affordable social rented housing in the city.

The homes at Wellheads, with Ogilvie Construction as main contractor and Faithful and Gould as project managers, are also designed to have a high level of energy efficiency throughout and low maintenance external amenity spaces as well as support more walking, cycling and wheeling through Active Travel.

The Wellheads site includes a playground, plenty of green outdoor space, and cycle storage. These homes are heated by Aberdeen Heat and Power combined heat and power plant which utilises waste heat from the production of electricity to heat the homes.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council leader, said: “I was absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to meet some of the residents who have recently moved into the new council homes which have been completed in phase one of the Wellheads development. These new homes provide top quality accommodation for a variety of tenants including single people, families, and those with additional housing needs. They have been expertly designed to be energy efficient throughout and the new residents are also enjoying access to quality external amenity space.

“These new homes in Dyce form part of the biggest council house building programme Aberdeen has seen in the last 50 years. This programme has been brought forward to address the long-term shortage of affordable social rental properties in Aberdeen and will see more than 2,000 council homes built across the city. The residents at Wellheads are clearly extremely pleased with their new homes and we look forward to making many more properties available for rent in the coming months.”

Councillor Ryan Houghton, Aberdeen City Council city growth and resources convener, added: “It has been great watching the build progress for these new council flats and I’m sure our tenants who have moved in are settling in and exploring their new surroundings.

“These new homes in Dyce are part of the exciting 2,000 new council houses project which will provide not only energy efficient buildings but they are also low maintenance and built to an extremely high quality.

“We are proud of the work we are undertaking building high quality homes of differing sizes suitable for a range of tenants in community settings around the city.”

The other sites due to be built include Auchmill, Craighill in Kincorth, the former Kincorth Academy site at Kincorth, Tillydrone, and Kaimhill.

Planning applications for the 99 homes at Craighill, 72 new council homes in Tillydrone and the 213-home development in Kincorth have been submitted to the Planning Authority in recent weeks.

As part of the 2,000 homes project, 99 council homes were built in Smithfield in 2017 and 80 in Manor Walk in 2018. Construction has also started on 369 units at the former Summerhill Academy site at Lang Stracht.

The vision of the Aberdeen City Council’s Housing Programme is to create sustainable integrated communities and places by delivering affordable homes designed for life which meet residents’ current and changing needs, while supporting the wellbeing and resilience of tenants.

They will meet the most demand for council properties including flats for single people, flats for families, semi-detached family homes, terraced houses, wheelchair-friendly properties, and a small number of amenity bungalows. They are being designed for exacting standards including housing for various needs, dementia friendly, low carbon, low maintenance, and to meet the Gold Standard.

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