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Aberdeen Grandhome project gets underway

L-R: Housing minister Kevin Stewart, Bruce Smith, a trustee of The Grandhome Trust and William Donald of W M Donald

L-R: Housing minister Kevin Stewart, Bruce Smith, a trustee of The Grandhome Trust and William Donald of W M Donald

Work is now underway on the new community of Grandhome in Aberdeen.

Grandhome is a new planned community for Aberdeen being led by the Grandhome Trust, a family-led entity that has held the land for over 300 years.

The Trust said that the project will “set new standard in the region for place making in terms of its built environment, sense of place, civic amenities and quality of life”.

Civil engineering and utility contractor, W M Donald, is carrying out first phase infrastructure work on the site in Bridge of Don. The £7.2 million contract will see the firm put the works in place to support around 200 homes at the community’s first neighbourhood, Laverock Braes.

Work will include laying more than 800 metres of road, the installation of external street lighting and landscaping. Underground infrastructure will also be put in place including drainage, water, gas electricity and telecoms.

The infrastructure works are being supported by a £7.9 million loan from the Scottish Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Bruce Smith, trustee and spokesman for the Grandhome Trust, said, “The beginning of the infrastructure works for Grandhome’s first neighbourhood, Laverock Braes, is a major milestone for the community as we move from more than a decade of planning to the delivery of our vision.

“The first phase of infrastructure works will ensure that the plots are prepared for housing developers to move onsite next year to develop the first new homes for what will be an exemplary new community for the north-east of Scotland.”

Mr Smith added, “Grandhome is an important vote of confidence in the future of the city as a place in which to live, work and invest and will set new standards for quality while meeting a significant proportion of the city’s future housing needs.”

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