Work begins on £23.94million Fort William housing estate

Work has started on a new £23.94 million affordable housing development in Upper Achintore, Fort William, partly funded by Highland Council.

The Link development, which marks the start of a five-zone master plan to build over 300 homes in the area. This first phase of development will provide 82 affordable homes, a mix of social and mid-range one to four bedroom rental units, and the sale of New Supply Shared Equity. Five of these homes will be fully wheelchair accessible.

Link Group Commercial Director Colin Culross said: “We look forward to working with our partners, JR Construction (Scotland) Ltd, WGC Scotland Ltd and TSL Contractors Ltd, to deliver these affordable and sustainable new homes to the region, improving housing choices for the local community.

“In addition, we aim to provide 32 employment opportunities to local people through our contractors as part of our commitment to community benefits in procurement.

“We would also like to thank the Scottish Government and Highland Council for supporting this exciting new development by providing funding of £12.8m, £2m respectively.”

Highland Council leader Cllr Margaret Davidson said: “It is very good to see work starting on the Upper Achintore development which will provide much needed, sustainable and affordable housing for the people of Fort William.

“The £2million investment in greener infrastructure by Highland Council underscores the local authority’s commitment to enabling developers to move with infrastructure to enable housing sites to progress.”

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Local Government and Housing, Shona Robison, said: “We want everyone to have safe, caring and affordable housing that meets their needs.

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to provide £12.8 million to support the delivery of these 82 high quality, energy efficient affordable homes to rent and own in the Fort William area.”

There will be a staggered delivery program with completion of the homes scheduled for April 2024.

Highland Council’s investment in this development is an integral part of its ongoing campaign – #BuildingOurFutureHighland.

Building Our Future Highland was launched by Highland Council to keep residents and the general public informed of the progress of work for the redesigned Capital Program council’s education and property projects across Highland.

The dedicated hashtag #BuildingOurFutureHighland will be used on social media to promote the community’s completed, ongoing and upcoming building and real estate projects. The hashtag will help users quickly locate press releases, photographs, videos and other engaging content relevant to projects on popular social media feeds.

In addition to a dedicated webpage and hashtag, an interactive Google map (link is external) has been created to show the scale and progress of work in the region, highlighting the crucial work of officers on the committees housing and property and education.