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Ayrshire village will soon welcome new tenants to modular housing site

A firm that supplies affordable homes has today confirmed that it is on track to build Scotland’s largest affordable modular housing development in Ayrshire.

The £9.8 million, 63-home development, in Dundonald, will welcome its first families before the end of this year.

And the project was welcomed by South Ayrshire stakeholders during a visit to the builders, Connect Modular’s manufacturing facility in Cumnock, and to the development site.

The project is being delivered by Riverside Scotland (part of The Riverside Group) and Connect Modular, part of The Wee House Group, and is expected to be fully completed by autumn 2022.

During the visit, Councillor Philip Saxton – housing and community wellbeing portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council – said: “I’m delighted to see this important development of 63 homes well underway.

“This is the first affordable housing in South Ayrshire constructed using a modular build and I’m delighted to see this innovative approach that will deliver good quality homes for our tenants.

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Dundonald has lacked any development of social housing for decades and this is an important contribution to meeting housing needs not only in Dundonald but within South Ayrshire more widely.

“I look forward to completion and welcoming tenants into their new homes.”

The development will see a blend of house types, including one-bedroom flats, three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom amenity bungalows.

Riverside Scotland also confirmed that 11 per cent (seven) of the 63 homes are being allocated specifically to veteran households.

The project is Riverside Scotland’s first development in South Ayrshire, and will be an addition to their existing portfolio of 2,000 homes across North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Connect Modular, specialists in modular construction, design and fabricate all houses in their Ayrshire factory.

A visit to Connect Modular's factory site in Cumnock
A visit to Connect Modular’s factory site in Cumnock

Houses are 90 per cent complete when they depart the factory with kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and electrics installed, facilitating a significantly shorter build programme and earlier occupancy.

In comparison to a traditional build project, fabrication under factory conditions diminishes waste, improves quality, negates the impacts of adverse weather and allows for overlap of site preparation and build phases – a more efficient process all round.

Riverside Scotland (formerly known as Irvine Housing Association) has been part of the Riverside Group since 2011.

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