Construction begins on £12.5m affordable homes build in Scottish Borders

Nile Istephan, Eildon Housing Association chief executive; Sheila Gibb, community council chair; Ali Weir and David Robinson, of Eildon Housing Association; Alistair Crockett and Craig Giblett, Cruden Building; Ian Aikman, Scottish Borders Council; Frank Gallagher, Cruden Building; and councillor David Parker

AN official sod cutting ceremony has been carried out in Earlston to mark the start of a new £12.5 million affordable housing development.

Led by Cruden Building, on behalf of Eildon Housing Association, it will see the delivery of 64 energy-efficient new homes designed by local architects Aitken Turnbull.

It contributes to the association’s strategy to address the housing supply needs of the region, with it saying that the new properties are ‘much needed’.

To be built on the former Earlston High School site, the new homes will comprise of two, three, and four bedroom homes, apartments, and cottage flats. Cruden said that the low carbon development will use ‘significantly’ less energy than conventional homes through green measures including air source heat pumps.

Nile Istephan, Eildon Housing chief executive, said, “I’m really pleased we’re now starting work at Earlston, as affordable housing supply in the Borders still remains in huge demand, particularly now with soaring costs. It’s fantastic we can use as many local trades and businesses as possible, enhancing the economy right here in the Borders.”

Craig Giblett, director of Cruden Building Scotland, added, “We are delighted to begin working on another important development for Eildon Housing Association – the eighth development we have carried out over the last five years.  As well as building these sustainable, modern homes which make a huge difference to local residents, we will also be bringing a range of community benefits, including new jobs and training opportunities to the area.”