McTaggart begins work on 77 new homes for Irvine Housing Association



Work has started on the development of 77 brand new affordable homes for Irvine Housing Association.

Homes built during the first phase of Irvine Housing Association’s Tarryholme development 

The new properties in Irvine will form phase two of the successful Tarryholme development, where 87 homes were built in 2019. 

The £13 million project – which is supported by a £6m grant from the Scottish Government – should be complete by Autumn 2022, and will include a range of property types to suit all needs, including two, three and four-bed homes. 

In particular, a key focus is on providing homes for those with specific accessibility needs. As such, more than 60% of the properties will be designed to suit veterans, wheelchair users and those with additional mobility needs. 

This includes 12 two-bed cottage flats for veterans, 36 two-bed amenity bungalows, three two-bed bungalows for wheelchair users and two three-bed bungalows for wheelchair users. 

The remainder of the development – being built by north Ayrshire-based contractor McTaggart Construction - will be made up of two, three and four-bedroom general needs housing. 

This is the second large-scale development that Irvine Housing Association has announced this year. Earlier this year, the Association confirmed that work is under way on the development of 63 affordable modular homes in South Ayrshire – the biggest development of its kind in the country. 

Irvine Housing Association managing director Paul Hillard said: “This is a really exciting time for us, and for our customers. The first phase of the Tarryholme development delivered excellent quality homes that are now being enjoyed by many families, so it’s great to be starting this next phase. 

“There is a real need for new homes in Irvine and, while of course the vast majority of our budget is spent maintaining and improving our existing homes, we are committed to playing our part in delivering much needed extra housing capacity within the area.  

“We are delighted to be contributing to the Scottish Government’s plans to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade. As part of The Riverside Group we are able to invest more money in building more new homes than many of our counterparts and that makes me very proud.” 

Irvine Housing Association confirmed in its Corporate Plan that it will deliver 300 new homes over the next three years. 

The organisation has been part of the Riverside Group since 2011. The business benefits from the group’s expertise and financial and business strength to be able to deliver new-build developments and continued investment in existing homes which are essential to ensuring a good standard of living accommodation for all customers.  



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