Newtonhill, Gourdon and Stonehaven improvements


Aberdeenshire Council is to spend £6,274,000 carrying out major upgrade and improvement work to its residential properties.

The work, which will see improvements to hundreds of council properties across Aberdeenshire, were approved by members of the Policy & Resources Committee last


Major structural repair work to 17 semi-detached blocks at Newtonhill Pitcaple, Lumphanan, Blackburn, Banff and Huntly, was approved at an estimated cost of £2,387,000.

The work, expected to start in January 2015, includes repair of the structural frames of the properties, increasing thermal insulation, replacement of doors and windows and upgrading of heating installations, bathrooms and kitchens.

Also, a £710,000 project will see the removal of timber windows in 149 houses and two housing complexes and replacing them with A-rated high performance double-glazed windows.

Muirfield Contracts Ltd was approved to carry out the work at locations across Aberdeenshir,e including Gourdon, Banchory, Fraserburgh, Ellon and Kemnay.

An additional £276,000 is to be spent on electrical upgrades to properties in Stonehaven , Banff, and Huntly after the work was approved at committee. The upgrades, to affect 107 properties across the three towns, will start in November and is due for completion by March 2015.