THE site of the former Bellfield Primary School in Kilmarnock is once again thriving at the heart of the community as it is being transformed to deliver new Council housing, with two phases having been completed and tenants now moving into their new homes.
CCG commenced at Tinto Avenue, Bellfield in September 2018, on behalf of East Ayrshire Council where 67 high quality, energy-efficient homes are being constructed across a range of sizes and types. Thirty homes have been completed so far and these include a mix of 2 and 3 bed general needs homes, along with bungalows for older and ambulant disabled residents as well as being wheelchair accessible.
A further 37 properties are still under construction with a completion date scheduled for the end of the year.
New tenants, mother and daughter Mae Gibson (84) and Mary Hamilton (63) were delighted to move into their new bungalow, which is one of four specially-designed homes for wheelchair users with integral carports.
Earlier this week they welcomed a group of visitors from East Ayrshire Council into their new home and received a bouquet of flowers from Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council.
Other visitors included Councillor Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities and local members Councillors Clare Maitland and Jim Todd, and Scott Cameron, Scottish Government.
Mae’s granddaughter Mary Lapham said: “This new house has been life-changing for my mum and gran as they are now able to get out and about after being house-bound for 2 years. They both just love it, they have a lovely big kitchen which is great for the wheelchair and they are able to go in and out of the garden and enjoy the fresh air, things that people take for granted.”
Councillor Reid said: “There’s a high demand for affordable housing in Bellfield and the Tinto Avenue development provides a wide range of homes designed to meet the needs of our residents throughout their life experiences.
“It was a pleasure to meet Mae and Mary in their new home and to hear first-hand about the difference their new accessible home is making to their lives.
“The Council’s house building programme within East Ayrshire is changing both lives and the local townscape – creating affordable homes, supporting the building industry and creating jobs for local people.”
Calum Murray, Director of CCG, said: “Tinto Avenue is, so far, the largest project undertaken by CCG and East Ayrshire as part of our ambitious strategic partnership that will see over 400 affordable homes constructed across the region as well as the creation of job opportunities and community investment.
“We were delighted to hear that the new residents of Tinto Avenue are happy with their new homes and we look forward to welcoming more as the project progresses.”
Through collaborative working practices, CCG, East Ayrshire and design partners MAST Architects have designed homes that respond to identified need whilst delivering a housing solution that recycles a Council-owned asset thereby minimising the impact of the build on the surrounding communities; all in support of the Council’s aim of town-centre regeneration.
The new build specification has been designed taking CCG’s standard and adapting it to align with Housing Asset Services specification to offer continuity of product across all identified sites for longer-term maintenance and value for money with each development meeting Housing for Varying Needs and securing Silver Standard accreditation thanks to offsite methods of construction.
All the homes are being procured through the Scottish Procurement Alliance. Check out Cassillis Court and James Nisbet Place, the first projects to have been completed as a result of the strategic partnership.
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