The JR Group, Scotland’s leading building and construction business, has broken ground on a multi-million-pound, affordable housing development in Upper Achintore for Link Group, part of an overall masterplan which will see more than 300 homes built in the area.
The construction firm, which is marking its debut build in Fort William at Upper Achintore, has worked on many projects for Link Group across Scotland. It will be taking forward Zone Two and Zone Five of the masterplan approved by the Highland Council, delivering 82 two- and three- bedroom terraced homes, cottage flats and two wheelchair accessible bungalows.
The JR Group has partnered with TSL Contractors and WGC Scotland to work on the logistics of the build, which will include the deployment of a local construction team. In addition, DC Timber, JR Group’s timber frame division, and JR Scaffold will also be involved.
The team is now working on extensive site preparation prior to starting the build in coming weeks. As part of this a number of public footpaths are being re-routed and temporary footpaths created to ensure community safety and minimum disruption for local people whilst the project gets underway.
Gary McGregor, Managing Director for The JR Group, said “We are delighted to start working on this project for Link Group in conjunction with The Highland Council, The Scottish Government and Lochaber Housing Association at Upper Achintore. It is part of a huge commitment from Highland Council to deliver much-needed affordable new homes across Highland communities and we are delighted to be bringing such a key phase to fruition.
“The 82 homes we will build for Link, with whom we have a strong working relationship, are a mix of sizes and types which we know will bring massive benefit to the local area and meet the needs of the local community. We look forward to progressing with works over the coming months.”
Link Group Commercial Director Colin Culross said: “After almost three years of planning, it is extremely pleasing to have the funding in place to deliver these fantastic homes to the people and families who need them. The development will bring a number of benefits to the local area including employment across a variety of trades and wider industry.”