Dundee-based housing association Hillcrest will build more than 1,000 homes in the next 18 months to help meet demand for social housing.
The ambitious building plan is supported by a £20 million Scottish Government grant given to help increase the country’s stock of affordable homes.
Hillcrest will build 650 homes this year and 400 homes in 2022.
It currently has 24 developments on site to meet the rising demand for affordable housing.
The pandemic has a major impact on the affordable housing developments.
Building had to stop for a few months last year, before health and safety restrictions were in place.
Fiona Morrison, deputy chief executive, says she is confident about delivering the construction plans.
She says: “It was difficult, but because the construction industry was able to keep going through the second lockdown, that made things like slightly easier.
“The issues this year though will be building materials because of Brexit, the Suez Canal situation and the pandemic.
“The prices are going through the roof because of that and there’s a bit of a labour shortage as well.
“Hopefully we will be able to get through and complete the 650 homes.
“We’ve only done Aberdeen in the last couple of years and quite a high number of our completions are there.
“So we go from zero to about 700 units in the space of about three years, so that’s good.”
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Hillcrest Housing Association was established in 1967 and is one of Scotland’s largest Housing Associations. They provide housing and support in Dundee, Edinburgh, Angus, Perthshire and Fife, with over 5500 good quality, well maintained homes at affordable rents. In each area of operation there are local offices with housing advice teams who can provide an immediate response to the customers.
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