Akela secures another major contract in Penicuik housing project

AKELA Construction has secured another contract as part of the creation of a new community in Penicuik.

The latest contract for Avant Homes will deliver a further 78 new homes at Mauricewood Road and follows the delivery of phase one of Avant’s Carnethy Heights Development.

Akela is currently providing civil engineering services to three housebuilders – Cala Homes, Avant Homes and Bellway Homes – worth a combined contract value of £28 million, resulting in approximately 500 new homes in the area.

Nearly 15 years after plans were initially submitted to Midlothian Council, works commenced onsite in 2018. Akela revealed that one of the challenges which had to be overcome was to maintain the existing Talla Aqueduct, which has been operating since 1905. The aqueduct provides the Glencorse Water Treatment Works with raw water and the treatment plant is the primary source of water for the Greater Edinburgh area.

The first phases of both Cala and Avant sites are due to complete at the end of this year, with subsequent phases ongoing until 2026. The development will provide 57 affordable homes with provision for electric vehicle charging facilities for future tenants. Other environmentally friendly features on the site include solar panels, air source heat pumps and value engineering methods to reduce surplus soil to landfill.

Mark Markey, Akela Group MD, said, “Akela Construction Ltd has a significant role to play in the delivery of the Mauricewood Road development that will provide over 500 new homes to the north Penicuik area, including much needed affordable housing. We are delighted to continue our strong working relationships with Avant Homes, Bellway Homes and CALA Homes to drive the creation of this new neighbourhood and community.

“This latest contract win, to deliver an additional 78 new homes as part of the Penicuik masterplan, is a testament to the successful delivery of house building projects we have already delivered for house building clients. This builds on our ambitious plans to continue to grow this area of our business, both in Scotland and in the north of England from our Leeds base.”