Published: 08/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 07/11/2017 07:00

Achiltibuie schoolhouse project in line for empty homes award

 

The empty schoolhouse in Achiltibuie was turned into affordable housing and is now in line for an award.
The empty schoolhouse in Achiltibuie was turned into affordable housing and is now in line for an award.
A ROSS-shire project which turned an empty schoolhouse in Wester Ross into affordable housing is in the running for a national award.

 

The building in Achiltibuie lay empty for several years but has now been transformed into two affordable homes. It is a finalist in the Outstanding Project category at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards 2017.

The work was made possible by a funding package secured by the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and the Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) with support from the Scottish Government, the Nationwide Foundation and Highland Council.

Scotland has around 34,000 privately-owned empty homes. Around 2400 empty properties have been brought back into use since the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership was created. The SEHP is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland.

Shaheena Din, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership national manager, said: “I’d like to congratulate the team behind the Achiltibuie schoolhouse project for making it this far.

“Bringing empty homes back into use is part of the solution to Scotland’s housing crisis and these awards help us to celebrate the great work being done across the country to make these properties homes again.”

Winners will be announced on November 15 at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Annual Conference at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.     

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