Work Starts at Ness Castle Site for New Affordable Homes

Friday 15 July 2016

Work has started on the first phase of a much-anticipated affordable housing development which is set to bring 51 quality new homes to the Highland capital by April next year.

Nestled in an idyllic Loch Ness location transformed by its developer, the £5.2million Ness Castle development is being delivered on behalf of ourselves and the Highland Council by award-winning housebuilder, Barratt Homes.

Complete with Highland landscaping features such as drystone walls and woodland landscaping, it will provide a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes for rent, mid-market rent and sale under Albyn Enterprise’s low-cost home ownership scheme (LIFT).

Speaking of the development, Calum Macaulay, our Chief Executive, commented: “At a time of heavily reduced funding for affordable housing developments, it’s fantastic to be able to mark the start of construction at Ness Castle today.

“Given the huge demand for homes in the capital and the high profile of the site, we want to create a stand-out development that fits in with its iconic setting. The result will be an attractive modern environment residents can be extremely proud of.”

Scott Pettitt, Development Manager at Barratt North Scotland, said:  “We are very pleased to have developed such a positive partnership with Albyn Housing Society and to continue our support for the communities in which we build.

“The new properties help to increase the number of low cost homes in the Highlands and we very much look forward to playing our part in realising this goal in collaboration with our Registered Social Landlord (RSL) partners in other areas of the North of Scotland too.”

To support construction costs, we were able to secure over £2 million in funding from the Scottish Government.