Work finishes at two phases of new council houses in Aberdeen

Ogilvie Construction has completed two phases in the development of new council flats which are part of an exciting programme building 2,000 new council houses across Aberdeen.

Work finishes at two phases of new council houses in Aberdeen

Councillor Ryan Houghton outside the Wellhead homes

The development at Wellheads at Dyce is one of nine sites across the city where Aberdeen City Council is building new council houses – the only council in Scotland to be building new council houses on this scale and to the Gold Standard.

The Wellheads homes are 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 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.

The 83 and 77 flats at Wellheads in Dyce are phases 2 and 3 in a mixture of 1 to 8 people flats houses for varying needs with 283 new properties at this site. Building work on phase 4 of the development – the last phase – is to start shortly.

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.

Aberdeen City Council city growth and resources convener Councillor Ryan Houghton said: “These new homes will not only be great places to live in but are designed to help meet the greatest demand for our properties including for families, single people, and housing for varying needs.

“The new council houses in the nine sites across the city 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.”

Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing said: “It is fantastic to see people have moved into the second phase at Wellheads which forms part of our 2,000 new council house building programme in Aberdeen.

“We are very proud to be the only council in Scotland to be building new council homes on this scale and to the Gold Standard. I’m sure the latest residents in the Wellheads development will be pleased with the quality of their new homes and I hope they are settling in well and enjoying their new surroundings.

“This is the biggest council housing programme in Aberdeen for more than 50 years which is providing high quality homes of differing sizes for a range of tenants in a variety of community settings around the city and I’m delighted to see residents moving into another one of the new developments.”

The homes at Wellheads have Ogilvie Construction as main contractor and Faithful and Gould as project managers. Other sites currently being built include Auchmill, Craighill in Kincorth, the former Kincorth Academy site at Kincorth, two at Tillydrone, Summerhill, and Kaimhill.

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, 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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