Derby Street affordable housing, Dundee


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Affordable housing
Hillcrest Housing Association and Dundee City Council
December 2023
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Helping to meet the demand for affordable housing in Dundee

Robertson delivered 162 affordable homes to Hilltown area of Dundee as part of a major regeneration project.

The Derby Street development offers high quality and energy efficient affordable housing. The combination of modern flats and detached and terraced homes addresses the shortage of housing in Dundee makes a significant positive impact locally.

A plan for positive change

The site was previously home to multi-storey flats which were demolished in 2013, making way for significant residential redevelopment opportunities. Robertson worked in partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association and Dundee City Council, whose investment in Hilltown changes the imbalance of local service provision and perceptions of the area. The properties – ranging from one and two-bedroom flats to four-bedroom townhouses – improve housing conditions as well as the physical environment and support economic regeneration in the area.

Constructing affordable housing with local subcontractors

Robertson led the development project as the main contractor with several local subcontractors appointed to carry out the following works; brick/blockwork, joinery, M&E/sprinklers, decoration, scaffolding, flooring and groundwork packages.

The development also brought employment to the local area. This is a direct result of sourcing the operations team from the surrounding areas, from site management to site labour.

Bringing investment back to Hilltown

There is a hope that the Derby Street development will bring people and investment back to the Hilltown community. As well as significantly improving housing conditions, the Derby Street development is providing multiple apprenticeships and training opportunities, and the chance to showcase the diverse range of skills and professions in the construction sector.

  • 1000 students have benefited from site visits.
  • 500 hours have been set aside for apprentices.
  • Work placements gave young adults the opportunity to work with different trades.

Derby Street was procured through Scape Group's National Major Works framework.

Project team

Principal contractor: Robertson Partnership Homes

Architect: Collective Architecture

Civil & structural engineer: Harley Haddow

M&E engineer: Hawthorne Boyle