Demolition begins at former housing association flats in Perth

Caledonia Housing Association’s development team gathered in Perth on Thursday to watch the demolition of thirty of the Association’s former flats in Newhouse Road.

Demolition begins at former housing association flats in Perth

Newhouse Road showing the regeneration at the top and bottom of the street with phase II demolition starting in the middle

The demolition, by David Morton Limited, marks the start of the second and final phase of a £4 million regeneration project.

Planning permission was granted earlier this month for the thirteen new energy-efficient family homes that will be built on the site including 2 four-bedroom townhouses, 8 three-bedroom houses and 3 two-bedroom homes, all with their own parking and rear gardens.

The composition of the proposed new build homes is a direct result of both tenant feedback and input from Perth & Kinross Council housing team received during previous phases of the regeneration program, reflecting Caledonia’s understanding of the local demand for affordable modern family homes.

In August 2015 Caledonia Housing Association embarked on an ambitious transformation and regeneration of Newhouse Road with the now completed £2.6m first phase.

This included the refurbishment of 12 blocks of flats with new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems, windows and doors to provide greater energy efficiency.

Demolition begins at former housing association flats in Perth

Demolition in action

Families in the first phase have been delighted with the reduced heating costs and noise reduction within the flats.

The overall visual transformation of the street has received many positive comments by residents and businesses across the community.

During the previous phase of regeneration, Caledonia was able to match the housing needs of all existing tenants and are now delighted to now be creating a further 13 new homes in the area.

It is anticipated that a contractor will be appointed for the building work by the end of 2019 with the view to starting construction on the new homes in early 2020.

Julie Cosgrove, Caledonia Housing Association chief executive, said: “Today signifies the final phase of our Newhouse Road regeneration starting. The Newhouse Road community have been fantastic in supporting and working with us throughout this project.

“Their feedback on the quality and standard of their homes has been incredible and has helped shape the homes we are now building on this site. We look forward to pushing forward with this final phase, delivering more affordable family homes in Perth.”

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