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Families move into new energy efficient homes in Eyemouth

This is the third phase of BHA’s new house building at Acredale, providing 30 new homes and contributing to the much needed affordable housing numbers in the Scottish Borders.

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The keys to Berwickshire Housing Association’s (BHA) latest affordable homes at Acredale in Eyemouth have been handed over to tenants.

This is the third phase of BHA’s new house building at Acredale, providing 30 new homes and contributing to the much needed affordable housing numbers in the Scottish Borders.

The project was shortlisted for Best Housing Award at the inaugural Scottish Procurement Alliance Awards in October last year.

Construction company Hart Builders has worked closely with BHA to build the new homes, and the association said that the “project has gone very smoothly and efficiently”, with the homes completed within 12 months of starting on site.

The development comprises are a mix of two and three-bedroomed houses, one-bedroomed flats, and two ground floor three-bedroomed flats that are designed for households where a family member has a disability.

The homes were designed by architects Smith Scott Mullan Associates to be very energy efficient.

Due to the fact that the homes are distant from the gas main, air source heat pumps have been installed in the houses, with photovolatic panels installed on the flats to help reduce the heating costs.

The homes have been developed in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and were partly funded by Scottish Government grant, with the remaining costs met by BHA.

Angela Taylor, Property Director at BHA, said: “We are delighted that these 30 new homes have been built in Eyemouth to high energy efficient levels and provide much needed affordable homes in the area. These homes are designed to a high standard for the comfort of the families living in them.”

Pictured: BHA Housing Officer Tim Rennie welcomes tenant Karen Angus and her son, Freddie, to their new home.