Barrhead contractor to deliver £5m East Ayrshire upgrades programme

Maureen Stevenson

BARRHEAD-based contractor A.C. Whyte has announced it will deliver a £5 million programme to upgrade more than 490 East Ayrshire homes by September 2021.

East Ayrshire Council awarded the roof and render works contract to the family-owned business with a view to work starting in March. However this was placed on hold due to Covid-19 guidelines.

As restrictions begin to ease and with strict health and safety measures implemented, the two organisations have resumed talks on how to move forward in delivering these renovations.

The contract will see A.C. Whyte renovate almost 500 homes in Kilmaurs, Logan and Dalyrmyple with insulated roofing.

John McIntyre, contract manager at A.C. Whyte said, “At A.C. Whyte we consistently aim to exceed client and resident expectations. We have been working closely with East Ayrshire Council using our expertise to create a robust and effective plan to successfully fulfil the contract that will be a welcome boost to the community and contribute a significant level of investment to the region.” 

With social distancing requirements and a changing employment landscape, A.C. Whyte said it is looking forward to exploring how it can best meet its commitments by adopting a different approach when delivering community benefit strategies.

Maureen Stevenson, head of marketing and development at A.C. Whyte added, “There is no doubt that the current crisis has presented many challenges for us and our partners to overcome, but it has also been a catalyst for innovation and helped us rethink traditional ways of working. We pride ourselves on offering real community benefits that have tangible outcomes for residents.

“Social distancing is posing a unique opportunity to provide bespoke support to the communities we work in by forcing us to be even more creative when considering what these benefits are, and how we deliver them in this ‘new normal’. We are working hard on what this will be in East Ayrshire and we are looking forward to sharing this with the council team and residents.”