Work completed on new council homes for Dingwall
The Highland Council has taken possession of thirty new flats at Mart Road in Dingwall that it said will significantly enhance the town centre and provide much needed affordable quality housing in the heart of the Ross-shire town.
Re-named ‘Morganti House’ and ‘Ross Buildings’ after Morganti’s restaurant and the previous Council Service Point on the High Street, the flats will provide tenants with warm, affordable and energy-efficient homes within easy walking distance of all the town’s amenities.
The thirty, one and two-bedroom flats have been designed by Oberlanders Architects & CH Architecture and built by local developer Ark Estates along with O’Brien Properties, Torrance Partnership, Ramsay & Chalmers and CDMM.
Funding for the project has come from the Highland Council and the Scottish Government.
Housing manager north, Rory MacLeod, said: “The thirty flats are a much-needed addition to our housing stock, which will provide new homes in the centre of Dingwall.”
Local councillors Graham Mackenzie and Angela MacLean were delighted to view the new properties at Mart Road.
Councillor Mackenzie said: “It is a real enhancement to the town centre and I hope the new tenants will be happy in their new homes.”
Councillor MacLean added: “I was particularly impressed that the ground floor flats are level access making it much easier for those tenants with varying needs. The quality of the design, the construction and the central location are going to make these flats ideal homes.”
All of the flats will be for rent by the council to applicants from the Highland Housing Register and tenants will be moving in as soon as possible.
In addition to delivering new residential accommodation Ark Estates and their team worked hard to renovate the ground floor shop units fronting the High Street. There are now two retail units for rent, one of which is already open for business. Ark were careful to preserve and repair as much of the original shop frontages as possible, and have provided a signboard on the High Street telling the history of the building and its many uses over the years. The regeneration of the shops was a fantastic finishing touch to this project providing two very smart additions to Dingwall’s High Street.
ARK Estates managing director, Willie Gray, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to bring this exciting new development for Dingwall to fruition. We have had to deal with site lockdowns due to Covid and the complications that brought but O’Brien Homes, Torrance Partnership, Ramsay & Chalmers and CDMM have done an excellent job in delivering the building.
“The development will provide high quality housing for the area as well as two attractive small commercial units. The transformation of this part of Mart Road and the High Street will hopefully be a catalyst for further development and much-needed regeneration in the town.”
He added: “As an ex-Dingwall Academy pupil I’m delighted to be back in the town with a development that will provide valuable new housing. It was great to work with The Highland Council to deliver such a successful project that will help breathe new life into the High Street. The feedback we have already had from local shopkeepers has been really encouraging and the feedback for the CH Architecture / Oberlanders-designed building has been excellent too.
“I look forward to working with Highland Council again on future developments in the town and surrounding area.”