Pleased to be assisting new Council house building

16th February 2011


Ayrshire Housing is pleased to be supporting the development of the first new Council housing in South Ayrshire in thirty years.

Building contractor CCG has now started work on the 42 house scheme at Thornyflat, Ayr. The site is clearly visible to motorists using the 77 Ayr by-pass. The project complements recent developments by Ayrshire Housing and private housebuilders along the by-pass. It is also designed to connect with the wider Dalmilling neighbourhood and the adjacent public golf course.

When the Scottish Government confirmed its support for the project, the Council appointed Ayrshire Housing as its project manager to help take scheme forward. This included using its expertise to refine the brief and select through a competitive process a design team led by Anderson Bell Christie, architects. The project was then taken forward with a challenging timetable to tender and contractor appointment.

Ayrshire Housing is also pleased to have facilitated the recruitment of two additional apprentices by CCG. This is through the longstanding Access Construction Ayrshire project which Ayrshire Housing manages with social enterprise Aspire2gether on behalf of a group of housing associations. This initiative is supported by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government announced its intention to support a renewal of significant Council house building in Firm Foundations in 2007. At the time, Ayrshire Housing’s Board welcomed the proposal as potentially “a useful tool in aiding a joint tenant focused approach to area regeneration”. Ayrshire Housing is pleased that this latest partnership is building on a longstanding relationship with South Ayrshire Council which has already produced several other major joint regeneration and community care initiatives.