65 Affordable Homes Completed in Falkirk

Link's new affordable housing developments at Hazel Road, Banknock and Falkirk Road, Bonnybridge have been officially opened by Falkirk Council’s convener for housing, Councillor Gerry Goldie.

The developments were both built by Cruden Building and Renewal Limited and consist of properties for social, intermediate and market rent.

The £3.4million Hazel Road development of 30 homes for social rent attracted £1.9million funding from the Scottish Government and includes two bungalows designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users.

Link Chair Roy Stirrat (L) with Cllr Goldie at the Falkirk Road development

The £4million Falkirk Road development of 35 homes for social, intermediate and market rent secured £1.2m funding from the Scottish Government and is the first development within the Falkirk Council area that includes properties for Market Rent.

These new homes, plus Link’s development at Kinnaird Park, Bellsdyke, makes a total of 142 new homes for social, intermediate and market rent which Link has delivered in Falkirk during the past five years.

Building new homes, creating new jobs

As part of the contract at Falkirk Road, Crudens also provided four work-experience placements, employed 10 existing apprentices on the project and created four new jobs as part of its Community Benefit commitment.

Link Group Chairman, Roy Stirrat, said: "We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and Falkirk Council to enable us to continue to build these new, high quality homes. We are continuing to work with the Council to help play a part in the area’s regeneration.”

Councillor Goldie said: "This is another first class example of the co-operation between Link Housing Association, Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government reacting to the shortfall of public sector housing across Scotland.  Link and Falkirk Council have, for a significant time, brought partnership working to a meaningful and beneficial conclusion to people who are on housing waiting lists."

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director, Cruden Building & Renewals comments: “We have a long standing partnership with Link, we were pleased to work together to deliver these high quality homes for the local communities. Both developments involved off site manufacturing techniques which meant the build process was quicker and more efficient. These developments have also given 18 people great career opportunities between work placements, apprenticeships and the creation of new jobs. We look forward to working with Link again in the future.”