New Highland expansion
Work will begin this summer on a new 1,500-home community on the outskirts of Inverness
ALANDMARK development by Hazledene Inverness is set to transform Scotland’s most northerly city and invigorate the Highland economy. The development will create a new community at Stratton on the outskirts of Inverness and will include 1,500 new homes surrounding a new town centre with retail, leisure and community features. Construction is scheduled to start in August this year and the development will be closely linked to existing communities at Culloden, Smithton and Balloch.
Team meets the challenge
MILLER HOMES’ latest and arguably most grueling fundraising challenge to raise funds for the global housing charity, Habitat for Humanity, saw staff competing in the charity’s Hope Challenge, which took place in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley recently and involved four activities including constructing a shelter and taking part in a 20km trek.
Pitted against colleagues from other firms in the construction industry, Miller Homes’ Scotch on the Rocks team raised over £7,500, taking the firm’s total to date to over £28,000 to support the charity’s global activities. Praising the Hope Challenge team’s efforts, Miller Homes’ chief executive Chris Ensor, said: “It was an incredible effort and as well as building weather-proof shelters to sleep in, the team also demonstrated creativity and innovation by installing front doors, a welcome mat, changing room and even a giant gnome!”
Park lodge for keen DIYer
AUCTIONHOUSE Scotland has a property in its forthcoming auction that could inspire a keen do-upper or buyer not put off by the fact that the property requires full modernisation.
Aside from the main house, which is rich in period detail, the property also includes a detached garage – and a three-roomed summerhouse in the garden. Built circa 1900, Moray Lodge is a five bedroomed detached house at Croftamie, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The accommodation currently comprises three public rooms (including a drawing room with beautiful wood panelled walls and exposed ceiling beams), sitting room, kitchen and dining room, pantry, utility, cloakroom and shower room, while a PROJECT: Surviving original features in Moray Lodge include decroative wood panels. sweeping wood-panelled staircase leads to five double bedrooms (master with en-suite bathroom) and family bathroom.
A guide price of £320,000 has been set (Home Report Value £400,000) and as the sale is imminent – Thursday June 29, 2017 at 2pm – anyone interested in bidding will need to act fast.
Skills drive launched
A NON-PROFIT skills initiative – thought to be the first non-profit educational course of its kind to be launched in Scotland – has launched in Scotland to equip aspiring housebuilders and property developers with the skills they need to secure finance and build more homes.
The LendInvest Property Development Academy in Edinburgh was established by LendInvest, an online lender of property finance.
Joining those attending the two-day course to mark the Academy’s Scottish launch, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP said: “It is essential we get more enterprising developers delivering the housing stock we need, where we need it most. Small developers are essential to a healthy property market and initiatives like the LendInvest Property Development Academy demonstrate the opportunity for industry, government and communities to work together to build more homes.”
TREK STARS: Scotch on the Rocks raised more than £7,500 for Habitat for Humanity.