Building Futures

WORK TO START ON 43 NEW HOMES IN KILMARNOCK

A new build housing development at Witch Road/Witchhill Place in Kilmarnock is now underway this with 43 socially inclusive homes for older ambulant disabled residents set to be delivered by  CCG on behalf of East Ayrshire Council.

The new homes, designed by MAST Architects, are being developed in response to an identified housing need as figures project that the number of pensionable-aged people in East Ayrshire will increase by 18.5% between 2016 and 2041.

The development will feature a mix of one and two-bed sized bungalows all designed to promote social inclusion for the new residents alongside a large, private garden area and bespoke seating outside the residents’ homes.

Witch Road will also meet requirements in terms of Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Energy for Space Heating.

CCG will utilise the ‘iQ’ Timber System, integrated with CCG-manufactured windows (PVCu) and enhanced door sets, for the build with completion expected late-2022.

Councillor Jacqui Todd, Cabinet Spokesperson for Housing, Welfare and Poverty, said: “In recognition of the anticipated change to our communities’ population, their needs and requirements in social housing have to be taken into full consideration. We want to provide accommodation that not only meets the needs of all individuals, but also offers quality social housing that people will aspire to reside in, find enjoyment from living in, and which provides support to maintain independence and inclusion in our communities.

“This development provides an opportunity for town centre accommodation which encompasses the values of accessible, attractive and energy-efficient properties and it will greatly enhance the surrounding area.”

CCG Managing Director, David Wylie, said: “Witch Road is the seventh project to have been undertaken through the hugely successful East Ayrshire Council and CCG housebuilding partnership. Together, we have helped transform communities across the region by providing up to 200 modern, energy-efficient homes as well as a legacy of jobs and localised investment.

“With homes that are specially designed for older, ambulant disabled residents, Witch Road is a great example of how the needs of the end-user are taken into account; supporting an improved standard of living as well as their long-term independence. I am of no doubt that the development will be a valuable contributor to the Kilmarnock community and I look forward to seeing how works progress over the next year.”

As part of CCG’s involvement in the project, a series of new job roles will be created alongside the provision of work placements and an £8,000 community donation. To date, CCG has donated upwards of £40,000 and created a number of job and training opportunities across the regional area.

One project that has been delivered as part of the CCG/ East Ayrshire partnership is Andrew Nisbet Place which was recently announced as a finalist for the Homes for Scotland Awards 2021. The bespoke development, located in Hurlford, provides 13 one-bedroom self-contained flats that are specially designed to support (and provide independence to) people with disabilities. CLICK HERE to find out more.

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