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Abandoned north-east care centre transformed into affordable homes following £430,000 renovation

The former Anderson House centre in Banff.. Banff. Supplied by Scorgie Construction FB Date; Unknown
The former Anderson House centre in Banff.. Banff. Supplied by Scorgie Construction FB Date; Unknown

An abandoned north-east day care centre is ready for a new lease of life as family homes following a £430,000 renovation.

Anderson House, a former day care centre and hostel in Banff, has been transformed into three family homes with gardens, after having lain empty for four years.

The contract to turn the 950sq metre building, in Ardanes Brae, into homes was awarded to Arbroath-based Scorgie Construction by Aberdeenshire Council last spring.

It has been completed just ahead of deadline, despite the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdowns, by Scorgie Construction owners Niki and Derek Scorgie.

The two, three and four-bedroom homes have new bathrooms, kitchens, windows, doors, walls, insulation and drainage.

All the existing the wood, paving slabs and windows from the original building were donated to members of the community for reuse.

Anderson House was latterly used as office accommodation by a local charity and became vacant  in 2017.

The project to redevelop the building was approved by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee in April 2019.  Aberdeenshire Council will now offer the homes up for rent through its new build affordable housing programme.

The council’s head of housing and building standards, Rob Simpson, said: “We are pleased to see this former office building brought back into use as new affordable housing for social rent.

“The two, three and five-bed properties are a welcome addition to our stock of rental accommodation and form part of our new build housing programme.

“The building fits well into what is already a residential area and we wish our new tenants all the best in their new homes.”

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