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Barratt, Hart and Cala unveil housing plans

Barratt Doug McleodHousebuilder Barratt Developments has announced plans to open 14 sites, creating 2,480 homes across Scotland.

New developments include Weirs Wynd in Renfrewshire, Barratt Portobello in Edinburgh and Allan Park in Aberdeen.

The news follows a strong year for Barratt Developments in Scotland, incorporating both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, during which it sold out on a number of successful developments including Verdant Walk in Edinburgh, Den of Pitfodels in Aberdeen and Kings Way in Renfrew. 

Douglas McLeod (pictured), regional managing director, said: “Our ambitions for the year ahead are a reflection of our confidence in the housing market. We’re seeing strong interest across the property spectrum, ranging from first time buyers interested in our starter homes, to older homeowners looking to down size.”

Hart Builders is planning to construct 146 homes in Edinburgh after securing a £6.9 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland. 

The company, which is part of construction firm Cruden Group, will build at Western Harbour in partnership with Forth Ports. 

The project will be developed as part of the Scottish Government’s National Housing Trust Initiative.

> A long-running Midlothian housing project that is set to create 552 much needed and varied homes has taken a major step closer to fruition.

For close to 15 years, Mauricewood to the north of the Penicuik has been earmarked in a series of Local Plans as part of a larger release of new housing.

Following engagement from the community at a public consultation earlier in 2016, detailed plans have now been submitted by CALA Management and Avant Homes (Scotland), and subject to receipt of consents, construction could get underway this summer.

The development will see 121 affordable homes included along with a mix of 431 private homes.

> Self-build home business, Inverness-based Roy Homes, and its sister company, Roy Homes Timber Frame, have entered administration, with Iain Fraser and Tom MacLennan, partners with FRP Advisory, appointed joint administrators. 

Roy Homes began trading in 1979 and supplies a full design-to-build service for self-build timber homes.  The business is the largest supplier of bespoke homes across the North of Scotland.  Roy Timber Frame was founded in 2011 and supplied timber frame kits to Roy Homes.  The businesses have helped hundreds of customers to plan, design and build their own homes.  

The combined turnover of both businesses (to October 2016) was £3.2m, with 17 staff employed.

The administrations were caused by serious cash flow problems.  As a result, both companies have ceased trading and all staff have been made redundant with immediate effect.  The staff will be helped to make claims to the Insolvency Service for arrears of pay, payment in lieu of notice of redundancy, and holiday pay. 

The joint administrators are offering the assets and goodwill for sale, which include a handful of live projects.  Interested parties, particularly from across the house building sector, are being asked to make early contact with the administrators FRP Advisory. 

 



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