Work starts on Aberdeen homeless facility

Kier Construction

KIER Construction has started work on a project to build a £5 million homeless and support facility in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council is working with the construction giants on the development, which will be housed at the former Victoria House in West North Street and should be complete by autumn 2014.
This three-storey building will provide short-term supported accommodation for vulnerable homeless people, and comprises 20 bedsits with en suite facilities.
Communal facilities will be provided at the ground floor level including a kitchen, laundry, lounge and staff accommodation. There will also be a six-storey block constructed to provide independent living in a secure environment for homeless people. 20 flats are to be provided there, varying in size and facilities from one to four bedrooms.
Sean O’Callaghan, director at Kier Construction in Aberdeen, said, “This is a significant development and we hope it will help homeless people find a comfortable and safe place to live.”
Aberdeen City Council housing and environment convener, Councillor Neil Cooney, added, “Aberdeen City Council’s homelessness service has made considerable improvements to its response to homeless households over the past two years.
“All unintentionally homeless households are entitled to settled accommodation and temporary accommodation is being made available to all who require it.”