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Caithness News Bulletins January 2007

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Further Developments From Pentland Housing Association In Thurso & Wick

After the successful completion of 4 Flats and 2 Houses in Janet St, pictured below in March of last year, Pentland Housing Association have now  received approval from Communities Scotland to build a further 4 x 2 bedroom flats for rent at the upper end of Janet Street next to our original development.

Once again local contractor Steven Joiners were employed on a Design and Build Contract with local Architect Knight & MacDonald for the design. The project was started in December 2006 and completion is due in May 2007.

The flats are to be a timber frame construction with a block render finish, the façade of the building will be completed in larch. All the properties are to be heated electrically but the upper flats will have the benefit of having solar collectors to help reduce hot water heating costs. High performance double glazed timber windows and kitchens supplied by Ashley Ann will complete the project.


Continuing Pentland Housing Association’s commitment to the regeneration of the historic but run down Lower Pulteneytown area where we completed 6 Flats and 10 houses in April 2005 in Telford Street we now intend to finish this housing development with a further conservation and conversion on the corner site of Saltoun and Miller Street. The current derelict properties are to be refurbished to modern standards with high performance double glazed timber windows with electric heating. Extra funding has been accessed to enhance the existing period details such as the stone façade, windows, slate roof and dormer windows. The funding has been provided by Communities Scotland, The Highland Council, Heritage Lottery and Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise.

This scheme is to be carried out with the same Developer as was the Telford Street scheme, MM Miller (Wick) Ltd.  The Miller Street part of the site was formerly the offices of the North of Scotland Water Authority, both this and the rest of the site have previously been unused for years and have only recently been purchased by the developer. The development will consist of 1 x 1 bed flat, 1 x 2 bed flat, 1 x 3 flat with a split of rented and shared equity, with 2 flats being marketed as shared equity. The rest of the ground floor is to be converted into office space.