Work starts on new affordable houses

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Angus Council’s new-build council house programme continues to inject substantial investment into the local economy, bringing opportunities for employment and training.

The latest project has just started on site in Montrose where Bancon Construction are building 45 houses at Dungman’s Tack and on the site of Wirren House. The total cost of around £6 million includes a £1.3 million contribution obtained from the Scottish Government through a competitive bidding process.

Twenty nine houses are to be built in phase 1 at Dungman’s Tack, with a mix of four-bedroom, three-bedroom and two-bedroom houses. A further 16 two-bedroomed houses will be constructed in phase 2, on the site of former care home Wirren House.

The building is currently being used as an alternative sports venue during the construction of the new Montrose swimming pool and sports centre refurbishment, but will be demolished at the end of this year to make way for the new housing.

Sustainable sources will be used for the high-spec timber frame construction which incorporates very high insulation and air tightness values. The system is designed to substantially reduce tenants’ fuel bills and to tie in with the council’s policies on sustainability and CO2 reductions.

The new houses for affordable rent will increase housing options for people in and around Montrose and help reduce the waiting list. The project will be completed by the end of 2013.