Historic housing project

GRANGEMOUTH. Chisholm Place. New council housing. John Boyd assistant coordinator,  Jennifer Litts head of services and Kenny Gillespie facilities manager.
GRANGEMOUTH. Chisholm Place. New council housing. John Boyd assistant coordinator, Jennifer Litts head of services and Kenny Gillespie facilities manager.
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THE completion of a dozen flats marked a major milestone for the local authority.

For the first time in 30 years Falkirk Council designed the homes itself and worked on every stage of construction using its own employees rather than outside contractors,

More importantly the properties in Chisholm Place, Grangemouth, which consist of three blocks of four two-bedroom flats, have already been snapped up by tenants and will provide quality and affordable rented accommodation for people with mobility problems.

Council leader Craig Martin said: “These flats cost £100,000 per unit to build so it’s a massive investment by the council and for the first time in 30 years the housing has been designed and built by our own employees.

“This is just one of the new housing builds taking place in the area – with projects in Laurieston, Bainsford and Bo’ness there are around 150 properties being created.”

Kenny Gillespie, council property facilities manager, said: “The council won this contract - we had to compete just like any other contractor and make sure we were cost effective.

“It’s been a council project from start to finish.”

Work began in September last year, but 12 weeks were lost due to the severe winter. In all it took around 30 workers a total of 24 weeks to finish the project.

Jennifer Litts, head of corporate and neighbourhood services, said: “The flats were advertised on our Home Spot website a couple of weeks ago and now all have tenants who will be moving into the flats in two weeks.”