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Housing Minister visits Cunninghame’s Sweeney Court development

New development, named after association’s CEO, officially opened by Minister.

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In August 2016, Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP carried out the official sod cutting ceremony at Cunninghame Housing’s new build project at Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan. The association has now developed 70 houses and flats on the site, all for rent.

A total of £4,519,000 was awarded in grant from the Scottish Government to part fund the project. The total project costs for the development, including, private finance was £7,725,987.

The main contractor for the work was Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, and the design team on the project comprised MAST Architects, TCS Construction Consultants, and Scott Bennett Associates.

Last week, the Housing Minister revisited the site to carry out the official closing ceremony for the project, which is now named Sweeney Court/Sweeney Street after Cunninghame Housing Association’s Chief Executive Frank Sweeney.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“I am delighted to see the completion of the Sweeney Court development, which will bring great benefits to the area. It will not only provide a mix of high-quality, affordable homes, including those for social rent and also wheelchair users, but also breathe new life into the community.

“Supported through our Affordable Housing Supply Programme, it is a great example of how we are helping provide the right homes, in the right places, and which fit the needs of communities – a core part of our drive to create a fairer and more prosperous country.

“We are committed to delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes over this parliament, with at least 35,000 of those for social rent – backed by £3 billion of investment. As the Sweeney Court development shows, working together with housing associations and others, I know that target can be achieved.”

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said:

“I am delighted to see the completion of Sweeney Court development and the creation of a further 70 new affordable homes, some of which have been specifically designed to accommodate wheelchair users. Working together with partners, such as Cunninghame Housing Association, we are continuing to increase the work on our council housing building programme, delivering new homes for the people of North Ayrshire.”

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association, said:

“This project is one of the most high profile new build developments delivered by the association locally.

“I am absolutely delighted that it has been named after myself by the North Ayrshire Locality Partnership, who consider street name proposals such as this, the recommendation for which came from the association’s Board of Management.”

The project is part of a three-site development, which has provided 19-apprenticeships by Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd and its sub-contractors as part of the association’s community benefits contract requirements.