A Golden Start to the Final Phase of the Muirton Redevelopment
Date Posted: 15th of February 2017
Cllr Doogan, Housing Convener for Perth and Kinross, broke the soil with a gold shovel marking the official start of the final Phase of the Muirton site on Wednesday 15th February.
The Sod Cutting Ceremony was well attended with an audience of local councillors and representatives from the surrounding schools in attendance to support the occasion along with representatives from Urban Union, Caledonia Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Association.
The site - next to the original St Johnstone F.C. home ground at Muirton in Perth - will welcome 203 new houses to include 102 affordable homes and 101 for private sale.
The multi-million pound project was granted planning approval by Perth & Kinross Council in July 2016 with Urban Union appointed by Caledonia Housing Association to deliver the new homes.
Julie Cosgrove, chief executive at Caledonia Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to commemorate the official start of the final stage of the Muirton redevelopment today. It is fantastic to see work underway and would like to thank the community of Muirton and our partners, City of Perth Council, Fairfield and Urban Union, for their invaluable contributions and support in driving this project forward.”
Perth & Kinross Council’s Convener of Housing and Health, Councillor Dave Doogan, added: “The regeneration of Muirton has been a priority for the Council over the last decade, and the work we have done with partner organisation during that time has totally transformed the area into a desirable area that people enjoy living in. The delivery of this final phase follows directly on from the recent transformation of the Muirton shops which will now be perfectly framed by these excellent new homes.
“In addition to the regeneration work that has already been carried out, this new high-quality, affordable social housing will be a valuable addition to the area, contributing much-needed accommodation and adding vibrancy to the community.
“I’m delighted to see the final phase of the regeneration underway. It will provide much needed affordable social housing, and transform the lives of the residents who will enjoy these new homes.”
Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, said: “We are very excited to have started work on this next and final phase of the Muirton development and I’d like to thank Councillor Doogan and everyone from the local community who has helped support this project so far.
“Our vision for this development is one which will incorporate the character and strengths of the local area and help create a place of community in which residents will feel a sense of pride.
“As we enter this next stage, we aim to make sure the development adds value to the area in terms of both employment and training opportunities as well as a robust community engagement programme. So, not only will Muirton be a great place to call home but also an exciting place to live.”
The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.