Barratt helps deliver new sustainable homes in Elgin

Barratt helps deliver new sustainable homes in Elgin

(from left) Ian Finnie (GHA), Danielle Kashkoush (Talbot Surveyors) Linsey Thomson (GHA) and Martin Rait (Barratt) with a new tenant

Grampian Housing Association has delivered 25 new affordable homes in Elgin to meet the growing demand for properties.

Tenants are enjoying settling into their new energy efficient homes which have been developed in partnership with Moray Council and Barratt & David Wilson Homes North Scotland.

The first phase of 25 properties comprise of one detached house, 13 terraced houses and 11 wheelchair-accessible bungalows to meet the diverse needs of the growing population of Elgin. The homes are a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties and one five-bedroom property.

The total scheme cost of £4.5 million will attract £2.39m in grant from the Scottish Government with the balance funded by the Association.

Tenants said: “I’m very happy with my bungalow which is going to make a massive difference to me, giving me the space I need to live my life to the full. It feels like my home already.”

“I’m delighted with my house. It’s top spec and I’m over the moon.”

Craig Stirrat, chief executive of the Grampian Housing Group, said: “We aim to not just build great homes but also aim to ensure that our current and future tenants enjoy desirable, high quality places to live where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive and grow.

“We are extremely delighted to have worked with Barratt to deliver these impressive new affordable homes in this tenure neutral community of Findrassie.

“The homes represent Grampian’s ongoing commitment to the communities of Moray with one third of its 3,600 strong property portfolio located throughout the area.”

Barratt helps deliver new sustainable homes in Elgin

Linsey Thomson, neighbourhood officer at GHA, with a new tenant

Scott Pettitt, technical director, Barratt & David Wilson Homes North Scotland, said: “It is great to see this next phase of Barratt’s supply of affordable homes reach completion and be handed over to Grampian Housing Association. These new homes are high quality and have a strong environmental focus, which reflects more accurately how we live today and how we will live in the future.

“The sustainability design, construction and placemaking we have built into the development are key to realising the Findrassie masterplan vision. We are incredibly proud of what we have delivered for our client, Grampian Housing Association and for the Elgin Community.”

Martin Rait, site manager Barratt won Pride in the Job Quality award for this development.

Findrassie lies to the north of Elgin and is a new community surrounded by excellent facilities and a high-quality environment. The Findrassie landscape-led masterplan was the subject of a design forum review facilitated by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS). It reflects traditional built form and open space of Elgin. It has also been categorised as ‘well-considered’ by A&DS with the partnership working between Moray Council and Pitgaveny, the landowner and cited as ‘national best practice’.

Fiona Geddes, housing strategy and development manager at Moray Council, said: “Both Grampian Housing Association and Barratt are valued partners in the delivery of new build affordable housing.

“The completion of this development is welcomed as it provides an increase in supply of housing suitable for older people and people with disabilities who require ground floor accommodation. Larger family-sized homes intended to alleviate overcrowding and homelessness have also been built.

“We wish households moving in happiness in their new homes and hope they will become part of a vibrant new community.”

Grampian has a long-standing mission to keep on building new affordable homes across the North East of Scotland for social rent in high quality places to address the housing supply crisis.

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