‘Key’ housing project set to transform town centre

An affordable housing development is set to transform part of Peterhead town centre.

Buchan councillors visited Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association’s £7.6 million project on Friday which will see Aberdeenshire Council receive 42 of 62 new

Work began on the site of the former Craigewan nursing home on Ugie Road, in September.

Sanctuary’s contractor GRAHAM Construction has been erecting timber frame kits since the completion of groundwork in December.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s head of development – Scotland, said: “We are proud to manage this important project for Aberdeenshire Council and are happy elected members could visit to see how it has progressed.

“This development will soon improve the area’s affordable housing stock and help regenerate central Peterhead.”

The majority of timber frame kits will be erected by April, with roof and brick work set to continue meantime.

The project is expected to be completed in the autumn.

Aberdeenshire Council will receive 31 mainstream properties and 11 flats for supported housing for clients with learning disabilities.

The remaining 20 houses will be available for social rent and managed by local housing provider Tenants First, a member of Sanctuary Group.

The Scottish Government provided £1.3 million and Aberdeenshire Council £216,000 in grant funding towards the project.

Commenting on the development, Councillor Karen Clark, chair of the council’s social work and housing committee, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary Scotland to provide much needed affordable housing in Peterhead.

“This development is part of a significant commitment by Aberdeenshire Council to increase the number of affordable homes across Aberdeenshire.

“This is key to ensuring we are able to attract key workers to the area as well as providing homes for people on our waiting

Peterhead councillor, Anne Allan, added: “I’m delighted to see how fast this project is coming on. It’s been really amazing watching it grow every time I pass by the site. I’m sure lots of people are waiting desperately to get their new house and as I understand the first of them will be ready in June.”