Elgin High street property regeneration

The cottages are a key part of Elgin’s identity, enjoying C-listed status because of their heritage and appearance.

Katherine MacKintosh, Robertson Regeneration

Funding to transform the High Street

To complete the work, Robertson Regeneration secured Scottish Government Town Centre Empty Homes Funding, a grant of £120k, a loan of £100k. In addition, the Moray Council Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) provided a grant of £69k.

The CARS grant included funding for repainting of the Victoria Bar which is owned by Robertson Property, but let to a third party.

Funding to refurbish historic property

Planning proposals for listed buildings

Robertson worked with Moray Council Planning Department to create a redevelopment scheme that would create inviting places for people to live while still retaining the original character of the properties, in keeping with their listed building status, including details such as choosing appropriate paint colours for the front doors.

The collaboration between the Council, developer and project architects Wittets continued throughout the process to ensure that the planning application and listed building consent for the works progressed smoothly.

Bringing properties up to the Repairing Standard

Robertson Northern carried out the refurbishment work, to bring the properties up to the Repairing Standard – the level of repair a house must achieve to be used as privately rented accommodation. This included stripping and replacing plasterboard, and installing insulation, secondary glazing, new kitchens, new shower rooms, and carrying out redecoration. In two properties, bedrooms were created in the loft space.

The CARS funding covered external repair to stonework, roof repair and replacement, replacing the cast iron guttering and repainting. The original windows could be retained and repaired in four properties, with new  double-glazing in two properties.

Additional to the scope of works was the replacement of part of the roof, tanking of external rear walls and a new surface water drain at the rear.

Bringing these properties back up to a habitable standard hasn’t just helped these families find a new home, but it gives the whole town centre a lift.

– Katherine MacKintosh, Robertson Regeneration

Refurbishing properties to the repairing standard

Regenerating a vacant area of the High Street

After standing vacant for ten years, all six properties were let within six weeks of completion.

We’re based in Elgin, so we can see first-hand the benefit of this work. It really has helped restore a well-admired part of the town.

– Frank Reid, Managing Director, Robertson Northern

The project has been shortlisted under the Place Category for The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2017.

I am delighted to see these historic dwellings brought back to life and to serve the purpose for which they were originally intended. They represent an excellent example of town centre regeneration and will help to repopulate that part of the town. I hope that this redevelopment will act as a catalyst for similar projects within the Elgin town centre conservation area.

– Councillor Claire Feaver, who chairs Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee

 

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