Gaet-a-Gott Phase 2 Completion

August 29th 2018

Hjaltland Housing Association is delighted to announce the completion of its latest phase of housing at Gaet-a-Gott in Tingwall. The new scheme is called Stura and will eventually provide 40 new properties next to its existing Gaet-A-Gott development.

The houses were officially opened by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning on Friday 24 August.

Agnes Tallack, chair of Hjaltland Housing Association welcomed Mr Stewart and invited guests to the scheme, highlighting the continued investment in Shetland by the Scottish Government. She said, “I want to thank the Scottish Government for their continued level of investment in Hjaltland Housing Association’s developments, I hope it is a reflection of their faith in us to deliver. We are proud of the fact that we consistently achieve both our targets in new house completions and spend, I’m not sure every Association can say the same. It is quite an achievement for our small team and if the Scottish Government want to recognise that with even greater investment we would be delighted to take their money and keep building!

The ambitious target the Government have set and the level of investment they have committed reflects the current Government’s recognition of the level of housing need in the country”

Mr Stewart thanked Agnes for her welcome and said, “I am delighted to be in Shetland to open these 16 high quality, new affordable homes, supported by nearly £1.7 million of Scottish Government funding. This highlights the importance of effective partnership working between Hjaltland Housing Association, Shetland Islands Council and the Scottish Government to ensure we jointly deliver the right homes, in the right places, for both individuals and communities.”

"We are committed to delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes across Scotland over the course of this Parliament. By providing higher than average grant rates to this island development and funding the required adaptations, we are demonstrating our commitment to delivering the right type of affordable housing in locations where it is most needed.”

The 16 new homes were support by the Scottish Government with approximately £1.7 million being provided through Housing Association Grant.

The works resulted in the provision of 4 one bedroom flats, 8 two bedroom and 4 three bedroom homes, which complimented the 40 houses previously completed within phase 1 of the development.

The £2.5 million project was designed and constructed by E&H Building Contractors Ltd under a design and build contract.