Construction firm The JR Group has started work on 28 new energy efficient council homes for East Lothian Council, marking the business’ first project in the region.
The development consists of 24 flats and four homes, located in Tranent, in a mix of “mainstream” and specialised housing to meet the needs of a wide section of the community.
Located off the town’s Church Street on the grounds of the former Fa’side Lodge Nursing Home, the development will be built by The JR Group to high environmental standards set by the council, and will be fully electric with zero gas supply installed, to provide energy efficiencies for residents and support climate change measures.
Along with specialist divisions of The JR Group, other partners include the council, Assist Architects, and David Narro Associates, which will help deliver this town centre development.
Andrew Dallas, project director for The JR Group, said: “[I]t is great to be partnering with East Lothian Council to deliver such a varied and diverse scheme as our first venture in the region.
“The design of the development is very much in-keeping with the general character of the area and we have worked with our client to ensure the homes are light, modern, energy-efficient and fit for the future.
“We are thrilled to help bring this area back into use and work with the council to deliver much-needed housing to the centre of town. We look forward to progressing this development in the coming weeks and months.”
Councillor Andy Forrest, East Lothian Council’s cabinet spokesperson for housing and property maintenance, said: “This is an important development for Tranent and I’m particularly pleased that the properties have been designed to complement the conservation area and that there will be a number of more specialist homes which will meet the needs of specific client groups identified within our Local Housing Strategy.”
Based in Paisley, The JR Group started as a scaffolding business and has grown to become one of Scotland’s largest building and construction firms – employing around 200 staff.
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