work is now well under way on a £6.4 million project to provide the first new council houses in Montrose for 30 years.
The project at Wirren Gardens, formerly Dungman’s Tack, was started in April and features 45 affordable two, three and four-bedroom houses. Part of the site includes Wirren House, which was used as a temporary decant sports venue while the sports centre and swimming pool were being built, which will be demolished to provide land for the second phase of the build.
The first phase consists of 29 homes with a further 16 two-bedroomed houses being built in phase 2.
An Angus Council spokeswoman said the houses are the result of the council’s commitment to providing more housing choice for hard-pressed families in Montrose, and are being built as part of the authority’s continuing affordable house building programme across Angus.
Neighbourhood services convener Councillor Donald Morrison visited the site last week to view progress for himself.
He said: “I’m delighted to see work starting at the Dungman’s Tack site. Building these houses will reduce the housing waiting list and significantly increase the number of affordable family-sized homes for rent in Montrose.
“In addition, it gives the council the opportunity to create safe and energy efficient homes to meet the needs of our tenants.”
The new houses incorporate many energy efficient features including airtight construction, heat-recovery ventilation systems, solar hot water heating panels on south facing roofs and maximisation of natural daylight to save on lighting costs.
Environmentally-friendly building materials such as recycled newspaper insulation and engineered timber joists in the floors and walls have also been used in the construction.
Mr Morrison added: “Tenant safety is also extremely important and in keeping with all council new-build houses, a sprinkler system has been fitted in every property to prevent the spread of fire.”
The development has been partly funded by Scottish Government Grants of £1.35 million and is being undertaken by Bancon Construction. Completion is scheduled for late 2013.