Aberdeen Travellers site to benefit from modular constructed facilities

ABERDEEN is set to welcome modular constructed facilities for a new Travellers site at Clinterty.

The 21 amenity blocks will incorporate kitchens, bathrooms, and store facilities, with two of the buildings designed with full wheelchair accessibility.

The £5.45 million project is jointly supported by Aberdeen City Council and The Scottish Government Gypsy/Traveller Accommodation Fund and is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council, MTM Construction and Connect Modular, part of The Wee House Group who will construct the amenity blocks serving 21 pitches.

Groundworks got underway late last year on the site, located nine miles north-west of Aberdeen. Manufacturing of the amenity blocks will start imminently in Connect Modular’s facility in East Ayrshire.

Jennifer Higgins, MD at Connect Modular, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Aberdeen City Council to create an innovative development and deliver the much-needed redevelopment of Clinterty Travellers site. The use of modular construction improves build quality and means the amenity blocks and pitches will be ready for occupancy earlier.”

The project is Aberdeen City Council’s first non-education modular construction project. The local authority has worked with the Scottish Government and regularly consulted with the Traveller community based at the site to ensure the new design is in line with their requirements.

All amenity blocks will be constructed inside Connect Modular’s manufacturing facility with kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing, and electrics all pre-fitted. The blocks will then be split into modules, transported to site and craned into position, before the final 10% of building work is completed.

The buildings will feature enhanced insulation alongside infrared heating systems and solar panels.

The site is expected to be ready for residents to return this summer.