A poplar and distinctive £.3.3m social housing development comprising 32 homes and to be known as Hillhead Crescent, is taking shape on a site located off Campeltown Drive in Kilmarnock.
The project is being carried out for East Ayrshire Council who are also employers agents and were architects for the planning stage of the scheme.
Central Building Contractors (CBC) are the design and build contractors for the project, which has been funded by a grant from the Scottish Government.
Potential tenants are already showing great interest in the scheme, which is laid out in a striking crescent-shaped terrace, with many properties already having been let.
The project includes five two-bedroom older person cottages; three two-bedroom wheelchair accessible homes with carports; four eight-person town houses and 20 general needs two- and three-bedroom family houses.
The topography of the site dictated the layout of the development on the 1.98 hectare site, which is centrally located within Kilmarnock.
Ground consolidation works were carried out prior to commencement of construction.
In addition to the gardens to the front and rear of the properties, an existing open space to the front of the development has been retained, giving an additional open aspect to the scheme. Continuing the spacious theme, a landscaped amenity space/play area is also being created to the rear of the properties, as well as a 56 space parking court.
Internally the homes have good spatial standards and all are designed to Housing for Varying Needs standards.
The homes feature a combination of brick and render external elevations, incorporating aluminium double glazed windows and featuring a zinc cladding band just below the eaves which adds a distinctive touch to the aesthetic design. Roofing is generally in slate, with the townhouses picked out in zinc to distinguish the block ends of the terraces.
The scheme is geared to improving the quality of life and raising the standard of living for all residents and the varying housetypes are designed to cater for differing needs. The site has been laid out to ensure that the buildings and external open spaces complement each other and provide opportunities for play, leisure and social interaction in a safe and secure environment.
The project is making good progress on site, with completion due in August.
The development is part of a larger East Ayrshire Council strategy to construct 200 social housing properties with the emphasis on new-build, affordable homes within key town centre locations throughout East Ayrshire, boosting the number of people living in and around town centres and assisting economic regeneration.
The scheme is the second won by CBC under a new build Affordable Housing Framework Agreement with East Ayrshire Council.
CBC Managing Director James McAlpine said:
“The award of the Campbeltown Drive project, after securing our first project under the framework at Chapel Lane, allows us to continue our excellent working relationship with East Ayrshire Council.”
CBC is a privately owned, family run Scottish construction company established over 40 years ago by owner and chairman Sir Jack Harvie CBE.
Managed from their Head Office in Glasgow, and an area office in Edinburgh, the company has developed from a strong base in construction and refurbishment to provide total property solutions for clients.
CBC undertake capital projects up to a value of £25m and are involved in frameworks up to £80m
Whatever the requirements, CBC offer a bespoke service to suit all business needs.