New Abbey Quarter homes are starting to take shape

Since starting in November last year, the construction programme at Abbey Quarter has been moving forward. The foundations are in place and the frames of the homes are now beginning to appear. We estimate that these energy-efficient, low-rise properties, which are designed to complement the abbey and provide a place where people can enjoy living, will be ready in 2020.

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The £7-million Abbey Quarter development – on the footprint of Guthrie Hill and Smithy Croft – is supported by £2.3 million of Scottish Government grant funding and will provided much-needed homes for rent near the town centre, where previously there were unpopular multi-storey blocks

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The 28 one-bedroom flats and two wheelchair-adapted properties will help to meet the significant demand for these types of rented property in Arbroath. There will be 40 units in total across the development, with two, three and four bedroom homes also available.

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Pat Millar, a community representative on the Arbroath Locality Partnership said:

“It’s great to see the area really taking shape. Housing-led regeneration projects are a key component in our Arbroath Locality Partnership’s vision to make Arbroath a better place to live, work and visit. But it’s about more than aiming for high quality housing for all – it is about improving the town’s infrastructure and its environment so Arbroath is more accessible and more enjoyable for people to get around, to live, work and play. It’s also about helping to make Arbroath more attractive for employers and visitors so we can improve the economy and reduce poverty by improving job prospects and helping to raise household incomes.”

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Elected members met council officials onsite today (Friday 25 May) to view the developments and discuss the plans in detail.

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Communities convener, Cllr Craig Fotheringham said:

“I’m very happy to see the progress being made here at Abbey Quarter. This project will help us provide more high quality places that people are proud to call home. The design is contemporary, but sits perfectly alongside our historic Abbey and I am certain people will be delighted to live here.”

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Communities vice-convener, Cllr Lois Speed added:

“It has been exciting to see this development take shape. There’s no doubt that, when completed, it will enhance the area and help improve the lives of all those that will be offered a home here. It’s also great to see more housing options being provided for households who have a disability. It is vital that we continue to increase our stock of accessible, barrier-free homes to help tackle the growing demand and pressures on those individuals and families who require this type of property”.

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Managing Director, Steven Brady of Hadden Group, the site contractor, said:

“We’re pleased with the progress made to date on the construction works. Much of this has been in the ground but, now the superstructure is underway, you will rapidly see the buildings taking shape.”

 

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Building Work Starts at Arbroath’s Abbey Quarter

Abbey Quarter video

Works has begun in the last week on our Abbey Quarter project to deliver 40 new affordable Council homes for rent in the former Guthrie Hill/Smithy Croft area. The construction company  Hadden Group has been appointed to build the Abbey Quarter homes.

Councillor Craig Fotheringham, Communities convener, and Communities vice-convener Lois Speed met with other Arbroath elected members and Angus Council officials on site to mark the occasion.

Councillor Fotheringham said: “Arbroath Abbey is historically and culturally important and the new development will improve this previously unpopular area to become a place where people can enjoy life and living. I am delighted to see the start of this two-year project, which is supported by the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme. It will deliver modern low-rise affordable Council accommodation for single people, couples and families, within an environment that has open spaces, landscaped areas and dedicated parking. The Abbey Quarter development will complement and enhance the approach to the Abbey and improve accessibility to Arbroath’s High Street retail area.”

Vice-convener, Councillor Speed said: “I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting new Council development take shape. We are providing modern sustainable homes within a sustainable environment in a way that is sympathetic to the project’s historic surroundings. Housing that will improve people’s quality of life and create places that people are proud to call home.”

Stephen Lynas, Business Development Director of Hadden Group, who have been appointed for the construction works, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be continuing our excellent working relationship with Angus Council which has developed over a number of housing projects and look forward to delivering much needed affordable homes by Arbroath Abbey.”

Photos from the event

Abbey Quarter PR event 29.11.2017

 

Abbey Quarter is the latest development of the Angus Council . It is one of a number of sites that have been recently delivered or are underway to meet our target to deliver 350 new affordable homes over the next five years. For more information on the development see the Abbey Quarter short video.

To find out about  our other housing developments visit the Housing Developments website.

Abbey Quarter Planning Permission Granted

The next step forward in the transformation of the Abbey quarter of Arbroath has been achieved, with confirmation that Planning Permission for 40 new Council houses and flats has been granted.

The Abbey Quarter’s importance for Arbroath cannot be over-emphasised, both as a central residential and retail area, but also as a major visitor destination due to the presence of the historic Abbey.

Arbroath Abbey has played a crucial role in Scotland’s history, including the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. It is the 700th anniversary of that event in 2020, so Angus Council’s regeneration project is scheduled to complete in time for that important milestone.

craig fOur Convenor of Communities, Councillor Craig Fotheringham, said: “The blocks of flats which were previously on the site were unpopular, difficult to let, and had very poor appearance, which had a negative impact on business, retail and tourism. So I warmly welcome the news that this project can go ahead, as it will make a huge contribution to regenerating the area and delivering high quality affordable housing sympathetic to its surroundings. Our Housing vision is to create places that people are proud to call home. That’s why we build high quality energy efficient low rise housing that is second to none.”

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The Abbey Quarter site

W7ArbEastCllrSpeedOur Vice Convenor, Councillor Lois Speed, added: “If we are to ensure that Arbroath is a great place to live, work and visit, it’s right that we should do our best to enhance the town with good urban design and architecture so that we can create an experience for residents and visitors that we can be proud of.”

Work will begin on the 40 new Council homes for social rent later this year. See more details at our Housing Developments site.