The provost of North Ayrshire, Anthea Dickson has officially opened the Scottish council’s newest housing development.
Afton Court, Stevenston, consists of six new amenity bungalows, and it replaces a former sheltered housing scheme in the heart of the town.
The £1.34m development was supported by £0.66m of Scottish government funding, and it was built using cutting-edge and environmentally friendly techniques.
The homes were built in sections off-site by Ayrshire firm, Connect Modular – part of the Wee House Group – before being assembled on site.
As well as cutting down on environmental waste, it helps ensure the homes are built quickly with less disruption to neighbours.
Councillor Tony Gurney, cabinet member for green environment and economy at North Ayrshire Council, said: “This is a significant development for us in a number of ways.
“Not only will it provide wonderful new town centre homes for our residents, but it is also another step on the way to our ambitious target of building more than 1,600 new homes across North Ayrshire. We are more than halfway towards that target with almost 900 new homes completed.
“While all our new homes are built with the climate crisis in mind, the Afton Court development goes a step further and saw the developers, Connect Modular, employ their innovative approach which is mindful of the environment and cuts down on waste.
“The bungalows were built in a controlled factory environment using sustainable practices, helping to reduce waste and energy required. The modern, energy-efficient homes have enhanced building insulation, air-source heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels.
“We’re extremely proud of this development and are delighted with the feedback we’ve received so far from tenants.”
The site is the “final piece of the puzzle”, says the council, which saw Afton Court and Caley Court sheltered housing complexes demolished, with residents moving into the new Glencairn House nearby.
The vacant sites allowed the council to create new supported accommodation at Caley Gardens, which has been open for residents to enjoy since January 2023, and now these six new amenity bungalows at Afton Road.
Richard Reid, acting chief executive at Connect Modular, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with North Ayrshire Council in the design, construction, and delivery of these amenity bungalows at Afton Court, Stevenston.
“Our modular construction methods were instrumental in minimising disruption to the community that closely surrounds the compact urban infill site. Furthermore, with volatile weather conditions, we were able to bring programme stability through constructing modules in our protected environment, as well as the inherent quality enhancements associated with volumetric construction.”
Main image: (Left to right) Patricia Gibson MP; cllr Jean McClung; provost Anthea Dickson; tenants Tom McLaughlin and Anne Marie Turner; council leader Marie Burns; cllr Cameron Inglis; and cllr Tony Gurney
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