Artwork enhances new housing development in Dundee


2nd June 2021

• Caledonia Housing Association completes 57 new homes for affordable rent and ownership in Hilltown area of Dundee as part of the regeneration plans for the area

• Professional sculptor creates decorative artworks to reflect the industrial past and enhance the environment for residents and local community.

Caledonia Housing Association is starting to welcome tenants to new affordable homes at its Maxwelltown Development in the Hilltown Area of Dundee. The new homes are part of an exciting regeneration of the area to provide affordable, high quality homes. The project is enhanced by the inclusion of a public artwork project into the final design.

Caledonia’s development at Maxwelltown provides 57 new homes. The development consists of one and two bedroom flats, 2, 3 and 4 bed houses all for affordable rent. The development includes 19 - two, three and four bedroom houses for low cost home ownership via a shared equity scheme, which sold out shortly after release.

An interesting element of the development is the inclusion of public artwork by professional sculptor Ailsa Magnus. She has created designs for bespoke door numbers and a series of decorative panels which will adorn the boundary wall along Alexander Street. Ailsa’s designs reflect the existing architecture and textures she observed in the local area.

Ailsa Magnus, the Fife-based sculptor responsible for the public art project at Maxwelltown, said:

“I spent some time in Hilltown walking around the area, looking at the buildings and existing architecture, and gathering images of details, marks and textures.

“Much of my work is inspired by mark making. I have marvelled at the skill of the ancient mark-maker, acknowledging the fact that from time immemorial there has been a desire to decorate, enhance and leave one's mark on the environment which we call home.”

Andrew Kilpatrick, development director at Caledonia Housing Association, said:
“This is an exciting time for such an up-and-coming area of Dundee and it’s great that Caledonia Housing Association is playing a leading role in its transformation. We are pleased to see tenants getting their keys and being able to enjoy settling into their new home and enjoy the neighbourhood.

“The new housing provides an ideal location for a mix of low-cost home ownership and high quality affordable rented homes and reaffirms Caledonia’s commitment to work with Dundee City Council to provide homes and services that make life better.”

Caledonia Housing Association is helping to transform the Hilltown area by providing good quality homes with a further project starting at Rosebank later in the year.

Caledonia Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association formed in 2011 following the merger of Servite and Perthshire Housing Associations. Building on the achievements and strong reputations of Servite and Perthshire, Caledonia is working to position itself as the major new force in housing in North East Scotland.

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