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£4.2m affordable housing development gets underway in Livingston

May 27 2022

£4.2m affordable housing development gets underway in Livingston

Ark Housing Association has started work on Crusader Rise, Livingston, a £4.2m development of 20 affordable homes for social rent designed by Slorach Wood Architects.

Billed as one of the most energy-efficient housing developments in Scotland, Crusader Rise will deliver a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes including 6 ground floor apartments designed to wheelchair standards.

The new homes will deliver zero direct emissions heating, in line with the Scottish Government’s Affordable Warmth and Zero Emission targets, set out in its ‘Housing to 2040’ and ‘Heat in Buildings’ strategies. The development will also incorporate electric car charging facilities. 

Chief executive Bobby Duffy said: “With Crusader Rise, our number one priority was to provide the highest possible quality of modern, affordable homes for social rental, while also setting new standards for energy efficiency and environmental impact.  We have also built in innovative solutions to enable tenants with disabilities to live independently and we designed some of our properties to be suitable for those tenants who may require higher levels of care and support."

Ark is committing £2,087,410 and a grant award of £2,100,000 from the Scottish Government.

Following an open and competitive tender process through Public Contract Scotland, JR Construction (Scotland) Ltd has been awarded the building contract.


Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 27 May 2022 at 21:56 PM
Surely someone is going to ask the basic question about this development -- value for money at £210K for a 2 bed flat?

Some mistake surely -- this is West Lothian not West Hampstead.

Does the development cost include the site / land acquisition or is that on top of this eye watering figure?

What is the build cost per square metre and how does this compare with commercial builds or other social sector projects?

Given the numbers for the development -- the rental income is only covering less than half the build cost.

Is this credible or sustainable?

#2 Posted by Donnie on 30 May 2022 at 08:20 AM
I'm sure I stayed at this motel in America in 2003.

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