New Angus homes to form next stage of Sunnyside project

THE next phase of housing in Sunnyside Estate, on the outskirts of Montrose, is being brought to market. A show home has opened and proposals for a new community hub have also been revealed.

The new 50-home development set in 64-acre estate grounds is part of more than 450 homes which will eventually be constructed in the former Sunnyside Royal Hospital and its grounds.

The £100 million development is being undertaken by Sunnyside Estate Ltd, a joint venture between Pert Bruce Construction and Edinburgh-based developer FM Group. The hospital site was purchased from NHS Tayside in 2016.

The development includes converted two and three-bedroom apartments/townhouses and two, three, four and five-bedroom new-build family homes. The centrepiece of the estate is the former Grade-A listed Sunnyside Royal Hospital, being refurbished into luxury apartments and townhouses as Sunnyside Mansion.

Around 50 to 70 individuals are employed directly on site. There are eight trade apprentices, with two management/surveying students and six management staff. Trade apprentices are working through Pert-Bruce and the Dundee and Angus Shared Apprentice Scheme.

A community hub is being developed by Montrose Community Trust (MCT), a charity that uses sport to help change lives and communities. The Sunnyside Community Hub is to return what was an important part of the main building back to its original purpose.

Sunnyside Estate is also working with Hillcrest Homes (Scotland) Ltd on a £11.5 million development to deliver 94 affordable homes, of which the first phase of 35 units are due to complete in January 2022. The second phase of 59 homes is under construction in tandem with the first phase. Both phases include the retention and refurbishment of two listed buildings – the original water tower and the ward building.

David Stewart, director for Sunnyside Estates Ltd, said, “We are delighted to be bringing these superb properties to the market and launch our new stunning show home as we open a new chapter for Sunnyside Estate. As a local company we are bringing forward high-quality residential development, transforming this site and ensuring that it will once again be prominent in the local community.

“In order to achieve these ambitions we have worked closely with the local community, including the likes of Montrose Community Trust and Angus Council, developing proposals that maintain the history and heritage of the former hospital and preserve and enhance the natural environment. In addition to this we are also sustaining and creating local jobs, both directly and through the supply chain, benefiting companies in Montrose, Angus and beyond.”