Dundee development delayed over fire safety concerns



A £26 million housing development in Dundee has been delayed for a fire safety inspection relating to a product used during the construction of the homes.

Robertson Partnership Homes is delivering 162 new homes at Derby Street in the Hilltown area on behalf of Hillcrest Homes and Dundee City Council.

The developer said an internal product is currently being considered under new regulations which have evolved since the beginning of the project, but stressed that external cladding and roofs of the new properties are not amongst those under review.

There are are “no definitive timescales” on when work will resume, The Courier has reported.

The Hilltown project was expected to be completed late last year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

A spokeswoman for Robertson Partnership Homes said: “Further to new regulations regarding fire stopping protection in residential buildings – which have evolved since the commencement of the project – a thorough review of these requirements is already underway and nearing completion at our Derby Street project in Dundee, which is being delivered for Hillcrest on behalf of Dundee City Council.

“During our own quality control inspections, we have identified a product which is currently being considered under the regulations.

“We have brought this to the attention of our customer and should any steps to replace these materials be required these will be undertaken.

“I can confirm that the external cladding and roofs of the new properties do not require to be reviewed.

“Our commitment to providing quality homes for our customers and their tenants is unwavering and as such, if a product is required to be changed over, sourced and installed, it will take a period of time to do so with an impact to the completion date of the project.”

A Dundee City Council spokesman added: “The council continues to have regular discussions with both Hillcrest and Robertson Construction.

“The £26m Derby Street project remains a hugely important urban regeneration programme for the Hilltown and will provide energy efficient social housing for rent in the next stage in our ambitious plans for this area of the city.

“This project will transform the site where multi-storey blocks previously stood, providing 162 high quality homes in this vibrant part of Dundee.”

Plans to transform the site where the Derby Street multis Butterburn Court and Bucklemaker Court once stood were approved in 2017.



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