New £3m housing development opens in Highlands

Shaun Sloggie, one of Caledonian Courts new tenants

A new £3 million Fort Augustus social housing project has officially opened, with support from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Comprising 12 new homes, each property has been designed with the latest green energy technology – including air source heating and longer lasting materials, such as locally-sourced stone.

The development also includes cycle stands to encourage active travel among the local community, whilst the grounds have been landscaped with over 500 trees and shrubs including fruit trees and soft fruit bushes.

Built by the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company (FAGCC), the project was launched with support from several funders – including the Royal Bank of Scotland which made up a final shortfall via the loan of £150,000. Other funders included the Scottish Government, SSE Renewables, Stronelairg Wind Farm Ltd, Bhlaraidh community fund, Beinuinn Wind Farm Community Benefit and Social Investment Scotland.

Harry Whiteside, chair of Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company, said,“Good quality, affordable housing is essential to help attract and retain people in Scotland’s remote and rural communities, so it is fantastic we have been able to complete this project of 12 homes to such a great standard, and with sustainability in mind. We are very grateful for all of the generous support from our funders which has enabled us to invest locally.”

Alex O’Brien, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, added, “Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company has been a customer of Royal Bank since 2012 and we’ve witnessed first-hand the long-term benefit it can provide to the local, rural community. We are committed to working alongside our customers to help put in place credible plans that will allow them to thrive as we transition to a low carbon economy. It was a privilege to play a role in supporting Harry and the team with this latest project.”