Work to begin on 160 new council homes in Ayr
South Ayrshire Council’s biggest housing project in recent years is set to get underway.
160 new affordable homes are to be built on the site of the former Mainholm Academy in Ayr. Starting this month, a mix of 1-,2-,3-,4-,5-and 6-bedroom properties will be built.
The new homes which will be available to rent, will be energy efficient, and some will be modified to ensure they have full wheelchair access. The announcement follows the transfer of the land to the council’s Housing Revenue Account, paving the way for the new development.
The council will work alongside hub South West Scotland to deliver the new housing, which will be constructed by Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited.
A sod-cutting ceremony took place recently to mark the start of work.
Councillor Martin Kilbride, buildings, housing and environment portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, said: “This new development will significantly boost the number of quality affordable homes we have in South Ayrshire. This is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about building communities and housing which meets the needs of our tenants.”
The development will be carried out in a number of phases with the project due for completion in 2025.
Michael Ross, chief executive at hub South West Scotland, added: “This event marks a significant milestone in the development and delivery of this exciting new housing development for Ayr. We enjoy a close and productive working relationship with South Ayrshire Council for whom we have delivered 14 crucial infrastructure projects across the authority to date across education, leisure and housing developments.
“This relationship is something we are committed to continuing, not only with the council but with the wider community who will benefit from this development. We look forward to starting work on this affordable housing project with the support of our delivery partner, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd and the local supply chain partners.”
David Smith, managing director of Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, commented: “We are delighted to commence construction works on this fantastic new development. It will provide many wider role opportunities that will directly benefit the community, and we look forward to working with hub South West Scotland and South Ayrshire Council on the successful delivery of these units.”