MSP cuts the ribbon at new Corpach housing development
Nevis Mews, a new £740,000 housing development built by Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association, was officially opened by Dave Thompson MSP on Monday 6 October.
Mr Thompson cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the four properties for older people and one family home in Drumfada Terrace, Corpach.
Nevis Mews consists of four 2-bedroom amenity homes for older people and one 2-bedroom family house. The total cost of the development was £740,024, and was funded by the Scottish Government to the tune of £230,000, charitable funding of £71,980 and private finance of £438,044.
The building, which was completed in September of last year, is situated on a site previously owned by a local medical practice and was purchased by Hanover in 2012. It sits adjacent to Hanover’s current sheltered housing development in Walter Cameron Way.
The properties benefit from an environmentally-friendly biomass heating and hot water system, initially installed to serve Hanover’s Walter Cameron Way development, but deemed to have capacity to serve the new properties in Nevis Mews. Since the installation of the system, residents at Walter Cameron Way have seen heating bills reduce by around 40%.
Also at the opening were Hanover’s Chief Executive, Helen Murdoch, and Hanover’s Chairperson, Mike Martin.
Dave Thompson MSP said: “I was honoured to be asked to open this new development and it was great to meet some of the residents and sample the lovely food.
“It was also really good to open such high quality affordable housing here in Lochaber.
“I hope, with the support available from the Scottish Government, Hannover can continue to develop more such housing as it is desperately needed.
“I was particularly impressed by the biomass heating system that has already proved it will deliver a service to the residents at much lower cost than other more conventional systems and it is also much better for the environment.”
Mike Martin said: “I’m delighted to welcome everyone here to the official opening of Nevis Mews, the latest in a number of high quality housing developments managed by Hanover for older people in the Lochaber area.
“We have an excellent working relationship with The Highland Council and Nevis Mews is the result of this partnership working. I’d like to thank Dave Thompson MSP for taking time out of his busy schedule to officially open this new development which is already providing five high quality homes and through Mr Thompson thank the Scottish Government for their financial support, which covered around 1/3rd of the total cost.”
Helen Murdoch said: “It’s fantastic to welcome everyone here for the opening of our latest housing development in the Highlands. Nevis Mews is the result of much hard work and planning by Highland Council, the Scottish Government and Hanover, and it’s thrilling to officially mark the development as open.
“The location of Nevis Mews is particularly appealing. Situated adjacent to our popular sheltered housing development, Walter Cameron Way, these five new properties will benefit from the current biomass heating and hot water system that has seen residents’ heating bills reduced by around 40%.
“Hanover’s mission is to provide simple solutions for life and this is a perfect example of that in action. I wish all the residents the very best in their new homes.”
Pictured: Hanover’s Chairperson Mike Martin, Chief Executive Helen Murdosh and Dave Thompson MSP cut the ribbon to mark Nevis Mews officially open.