Media Release: Joint venture agreement to drive Donside village development


TENANTS First Housing Co-operative and Chap Homes Ltd have entered into a joint-venture agreement to build the Donside housing development on the former Donside Paper Mill site in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen.

With plans approved for a total of 283 homes and a further 29 pending approval, Donside is one of the largest housing developments in the central area of Aberdeen. Of the 283 home, 208 will be offered for rent or low-cost ownership, making Donside the largest affordable housing development ever seen in North East Scotland.

Under the joint-venture agreement with Chap Homes, Tenants First has contracted the construction arm of the Chap Group, Chap Construction, to build all the homes on the site and Chap Homes will sell the 74 homes in Donside that are being offered for private sale.

Sandy Murray, chief executive of Tenants First Housing co-operative, said:

“When Tenants First purchased the Donside site we had a clear vision to create something very special on such an exceptional site. Our plan was to create a village-style development based on a traditional North East Scotland townscape. We also saw the opportunity for Donside to act as a catalyst in the regeneration of Tillydrone.

“To achieve this, we were clear that Donside would be a mixed tenure development with both affordable homes and private housing. A joint-venture agreement with a private housing developer was the obvious way to achieve this and I am delighted to say that Chap Homes shared our vision for a flagship riverside development.

“Donside has been designed to be a vibrant, sustainable community – with a mix of housing types, business premises and shops – to breathe life back into this brownfield site.”

Bill Burr, managing director of Chap Homes:

“We are very enthused about our role in working alongside Tenants First and we share their vision for a village development that will make the most of its riverbank setting.

“Donside is the largest housing development in Aberdeen in the past five years and we have been working with Tenants First for some time to bring the project to fruition.

“The first phase of construction at Donside is already well underway and I am sure the significance of it will spread well beyond the site boundaries in helping to regenerate the area. The total construction programme is 40 months, with expected completion in 2013.

“Donside is also a significant boost for our business, helping Chap to underpin and grow its position in the construction industry in this area.”

Tenants First, based in Aberdeen, is said to be Britain’s largest housing co-operative with more than 1,396 properties in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Glasgow.

Chap Homes is part of the Aberdeenshire-based Chap Group, one of Scotland’s leading privately-owned construction groups, founded in 1976.

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