The £8.8m development will provide a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments for social rent and will be managed by Sanctuary Scotland.

Kevin Stewart, MSP for Aberdeen Central, and Mel Booth, Housing Strategy Officer at Aberdeen City Council, joined representatives from Robertson and Sanctuary to mark the beginning of construction works.

Gordon Milne, Robertson Construction Eastern, said: "We are delighted to continue our on-going relationship with Sanctuary Scotland through the delivery of these new high-quality homes which will help to meet growing demand for quality housing in Aberdeen. ​

"The properties will cater for a range of tenants and boost the city's provision of affordable housing whilst contributing to the Scottish Government's target of providing 100,000 affordable homes by 2032."

Gillian Lavety, Sanctuary's Development Director – Scotland, said: "The final phase of this programme will complete our work in Donside which is delivering quality new housing for local people.

"I'd like to thank the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council for their support of the project, and we're delighted to see work on these new homes getting underway."

Kevin Stewart MSP commented: "I've followed progress of this project throughout and am pleased to see building has now started on the final phase. These new homes will help sustain what is already a thriving community and it's a pleasure to visit again."

Councillor Sandra Macdonald, Aberdeen City Council's Housing spokeswoman, said: "It is great to see the Donside development reaching completion and providing more new homes to add to Aberdeen's social housing estate as well as offering affordable homes for purchase.

"A strong partnership approach to develop the old papermill site over many years has resulted in a strong community. We look forward to seeing Sanctuary's newest properties becoming available for rent and will join them in welcoming new residents to the Donside community."

Pat Cahill, Director – Sanctuary Scotland, added: "What we've achieved in Donside Village makes me immensely proud and I look forward to welcoming even more tenants into their new homes when the project is completed."

The project is being built in partnership with the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council and has received a Scottish Government grant award of £4.7 million.

Construction works are due to complete in November 2022.

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