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Joss Street Flats Invergordon

In partnership with the Highland Council we have completed our latest development on Joss Street in Invergordon, providing new affordable homes for up to 74 people. Completion of the 22 flats and two houses, which are all available for rent, was celebrated on 6 November by tenants, Albyn Board members and representatives from the Highland Council. Our Chief Executive, Calum Macaulay, said: "This development has been possible due to our successful partnership with the Highland Council. Working together allows us to fund an important new site in Invergordon at a time when demand for affordable housing is at an all-time high. “However, it's regrettable that this project marks the end of Albyn's traditional Housing Association Grant funded programme which has supported the provision of so many quality new homes over many years and allowed Albyn to add significantly to the supply of new affordable housing in the Highlands. Under the new funding regime our provision will be much more limited.” In a deal worth almost £2 million, we worked with the Highland Council and...

Scotland’s Housing Expo

PLOT 12: The Gem TREVOR BLACK ARCHITECTS WITH O'BRIEN HOMES LTD The Gem was one of the houses on display and open to the public for viewing at Scotland's first housing Expo, which took place at Milton of Leys, Inverness, in August 2010. The house was named The Gem as a result of its distinctive diamond shaped gable profile, with its roof trusses projecting dramatically to support the balconies to the first floor rooms. With its striking appearance the Gem will make an interesting contribution to the townscape looking down North Street, and framing the wonderful view over Inverness from the heart of the Expo site. Trevor Black Architects and O'Brien Homes Ltd have worked closely to develop this two storey, three bedroom, family home which has been designed to ensure that it is practicable and affordable while achieving exemplary standards of architectural design. The simple building profile and layout allows all the space to be maximised and used efficiently to create a house with rooms that feel spacious, bright and airy. It has been sensitively designed as a passive solar house which...

High Mills Tain

THE renovated High Mills at Tain has scooped a top prize for Innovation at the Highlands and Islands Architecture and Design Awards. And a 24 house development at Burnside in Plockton, designed by Skye architects Rural Design for Skye and Lochalsh Housing Association, won the top prize in the placemaking category. The awards were presented by well-know comedian Fred MacAulay at a ceremony and awards dinner at the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion on Friday night. The chairman of the judges said: "We were hugely impressed by the standard of entries across all of the categories this year, they really were superb. High Mills at Tain was brought back from the brink with extraordinary sensitivity. We were impressed by the level of unexpected innovation in response to accommodating new design elements and creating a foil to the old structures." The IAA architectural and design awards have been held every two years since 2008. The awards aim to raise awareness of the importance of good design and architecture. Organised by Inverness Architectural Association – the chapter of the...