Lochside affordable housing project - Completed ahead of schedule and under budget
Residents from the landmark housing development at Lochside in Ayr were proud to show off their new homes as part of celebrations to mark the finish of the Council's largest affordable housing project to date.
The project which sees a total of 102 Council houses built on the site of the old greyhound track and demolished maisonettes started in February last year and has been completed ahead of schedule and below budget. Councillors were keen to see for themselves just how the new housing has transformed the lives of hundreds of residents and the wider community.
The development which was supported by Scottish Government funding of £4.7 million is part of a £17 million investment in new affordable housing across South Ayrshire over the next two years.
Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart said: "This is an excellent example of partnership working to deliver much needed affordable homes in the area. The homes are a positive addition not only to the families who occupy them but also to the wider community within Ayr.
"This Government is investing over £3 billion over the next 5 years to deliver 50,000 homes as everyone should live in a good quality, affordable and sustainable home and have the opportunity to be part of a thriving community."
Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Customer Services Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "It was great to see the finished houses; they are exceptional and the quality really does shine through. A lot of consideration has been given to ensuring the homes are energy efficient, modern and bright and have the space to adapt to the needs of our tenants who are clearly impressed with their new accommodation.
"Houses make streets but people make communities so it has been fantastic to hear the difference the new homes are already making. From the very start, locals worked with the Council to ensure the project reflected their needs. The community will benefit not only from the housing but from new play areas which encourage health and wellbeing."
Resident, April Ogilvie has been in her home for a few months and she loves it:" When I had small problem with a door, workmen were round to fix it in half an hour, which is great service. I am in a one bedroom apartment but it's much bigger than I thought….I am very happy"
Robert Malcolmson is also delighted with his new home, he said: "We think our home is brilliant, there is lots of room for the family and we have a big back garden too. There is a good community spirit and everyone is really friendly"
The Council has worked closely with main contractor Cruden Building and Renewal on the project. As well as employing local traders on the site, Cruden created apprenticeships and also had eight Council apprentices working on the houses to give them valuable experience.
Cruden also provided Braehead Primary with sporting equipment and gave materials to Braehead Nursey for a building project.