Chapelton announces house builders for new £1bn town

May 22, 2013

Three house builders confirmed for phase one of Scotland’s Largest New Town

These include Zero C which won seven awards for its work at the Olympic Athletes’ Village at Portland for the sailors at London 2012

Elsick Development Company (EDC) has agreed heads of terms with three house builders today who will be responsible for delivering a range of house types at Scotland’s largest new town, Chapelton, 10 miles south of Aberdeen.

ZeroC Holdings in partnership with Hope Homes, AJC Homes and A&J Stephen Ltd will build the first 225 homes at Chapelton, which could eventually deliver 8,000 new homes.

This announcement follows a recent decision by Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee to grant approval for an outline application for 4,045 homes and a detailed application for the first 802 homes.

The tender process for the infrastructure works for the first phase of Chapelton is also now underway. Six companies have been invited to tender for the multi-million pound contract, to support the first stage of 255 homes in the first Chapelton neighbourhood, Cairnhill.

Lord Southesk, Director of EDC, said: “Today’s announcement is another major milestone for us and takes us another step closer to getting construction underway.

“After securing permission for a detailed planning application from the council we are rapidly moving towards the implementation of a new community, which in the long term could include up to 8,000 homes.

“We are very excited by the calibre of the three house builders we will be working with to make Chapelton a distinctive and attractive new town. They are the perfect fit for EDC and Chapelton. These companies are renowned for building high quality, sustainable homes, which is central to our plans for Chapelton.”

Kim Slowe, Managing Director of ZeroC Holdings, said: “We’re delighted to announce plans to build some of the homes in phase one of Chapelton. The process of working closely with EDC and other interested house builders to design homes has been extremely beneficial.

“We have been involved with EDC from the design phase so we can guarantee a level of quality control while ensuring that the properties are buildable and compatible with the market.”

ZeroC Holdings, in partnership with Hope Homes, recently completed the first phase of homes on the Prince of Wales’ estate at Knockroon, Cumnock and is also one of the developers on his Poundbury development in Dorset.

The firm also won seven major national awards for its work at the Olympic Athletes’ Village in Portland, which housed the sailors for London 2012 in Dorset.

Another of the three house builders is AJC Homes – a privately owned high quality house builder, based in Aberdeenshire.

Alistair Aboyne, Managing Director of AJC Homes said: “Our remit as high quality residential developers has always been to offer homes which will provide lasting value through quality of design and build. The distinctive design concept at Chapelton of Elsick particularly suits our ethos.

“AJC Homes are proud to be associated with the development at Chapelton where a unique environment will be created for the lasting benefit and enjoyment of all those fortunate enough to live there.”

John Stephen, Managing Director of A&J Stephen Ltd, added: “The family firm was established in 1935 and our philosophy has remained unchanged: insistence on the highest standards.

“Our hallmark is obvious in every home we build – in its layout, standard of finish, fittings and the thought that goes into the smallest features and it is for these reasons we feel there is a close fit with what EDC are looking to establish at Chapelton and what we at Stephen can deliver.

“We bring over 75 years’ experience to the project. With our recent track record of delivering high quality, award winning new homes under our Stephen Country Homes brand at Clathymore there is a real enthusiasm to bring this experience to Chapelton.’’

It is intended that the housebuilders will commence on site in the spring of 2014.

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Notes to Editors:

The first neighbourhood within the development, Cairnhill, sets out a blueprint for a new sustainable community in the region. Its key features include:

• A self-sufficient and walkable community with shops, services and jobs, all accessible by foot or cycle
• A neighbourhood centre and high street
• Primary school and playing fields that can be used by both students and other residents
• Leisure and community amenities; retail and business facilities; opportunities for economic development
• Opportunities to integrate with and support the existing communities in the area and excellent transport links to major routes