Building Briefs - May 6th

  • Taylor Wimpey opens doors to Wallyford sales information centre

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland has opened a new sales information centre for its development of new homes at Ravensheugh.

Interested buyers can book an appointment to chat to the local sales executive Lauren Steele and browse the selection of new homes available at this popular development in Wallyford. Ravensheugh offers a choice of two, three, and four bedroom homes, which provides a range of options for first time buyers and growing families. The development forms part of the wider St Clements Wells masterplan that will deliver a new primary school, proposed new secondary school, local centre and community woodland along with new foot and cycle connections to Wallyford and the local train station.

Kirsty McGill, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “We launched our new homes for sale at Ravensheugh online in October last year, so it is a significant step for both staff and customers that we are now in a position to open a local sales information office. As well as providing us with a helpful presence at the development itself, the opening of our sales information centre reflects our commitment to continue provide a great service for our customers who prefer to come in and chat to us about their requirements.

“We understand that buying a new home is a huge milestone and we want to make sure that our customers have as straightforward and enjoyable an experience as possible. We’re here to help every step of the way and the team at Ravensheugh is on hand to answer any questions that buyers may have about buying a new home with us.

At the moment, all we ask is that prospective buyers book an appointment with us to ensure that we can maintain our strict Covid-secure protocols to keep everyone safe.


  • Families moving in together is new trend as Ness Side sales and work steps up

Only five homes remain to be sold of the first phase of 42 homes at The Maples, Tulloch Homes’ £80 million showpiece development at Ness Side, Inverness, in a remarkable rate of sales activity.

Site manager Lewis Mackinnon with a sign flagging up his award success

And in a new trend, families are moving in together to larger homes.

Alison Macleod, sales consultant at The Maples, revealed: ”We have a couple of cases of local family members who have found they enjoyed one another’s company so much during lockdown they have decided to buy a joint home and live together on a regular basis.

“That’s a charming phenomenon showing there can actually be an upside to lockdown. These family members sold their two houses and moved into one larger one.”

She added: “We’re also finding many locals are either upsizing or downsizing and The Maples is such a prime and convenient location, sales activity is continuing at a fairly incredible level.

“We’ve had several sales to Central Belt families who have rethought their lives during lockdown and have decided that Inverness is a more attractive place in which to live and work.”

Site manager Lewis MacKinnon said that the April 26 Scottish Government restrictions relaxation has allowed customer care work to resume inside people’s homes for the first time since December.

“That’s a key step forward and we’re now back up to full speed in employment terms with people off furlough and we’ve 60 to 80 workers on site at any one time”, he explained. “We’re flying along in construction terms, fuelled by the sales demand.”

Lewis, current holder of a National House Builders Council award, is getting used to his photograph featuring on sales signs at The Maples.

The former Caley Thistle footballer, now assistant manager and player of Highland League club Buckie Thistle, indicated that 28 of the first phase homes have been completed while the last few will be ready for occupation in February.


  • Places for People sells out Edinburgh development

Places for People has hailed the success of its 55 Degrees North development in Edinburgh after all the homes were snapped up by homebuyers.

The final residents have been welcomed into the 101-home development of family homes and apartments located on the waterfront in Granton.

Sales and marketing director for Places for People in Scotland, Allison Sutherland, said: “We’re not surprised by the success of 55 Degrees North because it appealed to buyers looking for quality well designed homes that meet the needs of modern living.

“The development is in an enviable location, combining the benefits of modern-day living with excellent transport links for commuters to both the old and new town in Edinburgh. We have received extremely positive feedback from our new homeowners.

“For prospective customers who missed out buying at 55 Degrees North and are looking for homes in the Edinburgh area, we have released our last remaining homes consisting of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses at The Green at Longstone.”

Homes available at The Green include a choice of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses – each thoughtfully designed to reflect the modern architectural heritage of the development whilst incorporating a range of unique features designed to maximise space in each home. Each home has modern open plan living areas, high-quality stylish fitted kitchens with integrated appliances, and generous sized bedrooms which include plenty of storage space.


  • Takeaway bid for former Nitshill post office rejected

Plans to convert a former Nitshill post office into a takeaway have been refused as nearby homes would not be protected from cooking odours.

Glasgow councillors voted against Amjad Ismail’s proposal to change the use of the building at 345 Nitshill Road.

It had been recommended for refusal by council officers.


  • Angus Council to accelerate £2m repairs backlog

Angus Council is to accelerate a pandemic-delayed programme of council house repairs.

The local authority’s planned stock improvement investment is £2 million behind schedule for the year, largely due to the lockdown.

Councillor Beth Whiteside highlighted the “quite significant underspend” in housing repairs and maintenance at the council’s policy and resources committee this week.

A revenues report presented at the meeting revealed a £2.2m savings figure in respect of repair delays, The Courier has reported.

Finance director Ian Lorimer said getting work back on track is a priority now that restrictions have eased, but warned that the backlog will take time to clear.

“We are in discussion with contractors in trying to accelerate the programmes,” he said.

“But there has to be a degree of realism as to how far we can take that.”

Councillors heard that in some cases, handy tenants or relatives had carried out repairs in the absence of council contractors.

The three-year responsive repairs and change of tenancy works contract involves Derek McNulty Ltd for the Arbroath, Carnoustie & Monifieth areas, and MPS Housing Ltd for the Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir areas.