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Competition: Scottish Borders social housing

Kelso, Scotland
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Eildon Housing Association is looking for an architect for a £6.3 million programme of housing developments in the Scottish Borders region

The team will draw up plans for 45 new socially rented homes on seven separate sites – including undeveloped plots and garage blocks – located within Kelso (pictured), Jedburgh, Earlston, Galashiels, Melrose, Oxton and Blyth Bridge.

The project, planned to complete in 2019, will deliver a range of timber-framed homes for the Scottish Borders Housing Association featuring traditional blockwork exteriors, photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps, heat recovery, whole house ventilation and smart meters.

According to the brief: ‘Eildon Housing Association (EHA) are acting on behalf of Scottish Borders Housing Association to secure and deliver new social rented homes across a portfolio of seven sites in their ownership. Two of the sites are split; at Hartrigge there are three sites on very close proximity and two sites in similar proximity at Queensway

‘EHA will commission the design team and each consultant will transfer all warranties and professional liabilities to Scottish Borders Housing Association at the agreement of final account and the issue of Making Good Defects Certificate.’

The Scottish Borders Housing Association was set up in 2000 and took over the management of the majority of its portfolio following the transfer of around 7,000 homes from Scottish Borders Council in 2003.

The latest project will deliver new homes at Tweed Court in Kelso, Hartrigge Road and Hartrigge Crescent in Jedburgh, Queensway in Earlston, Mossilee Road in Galashiels, St Dunstains in Melrose, Heriotfield in Oxton, and Tarth Crescent in Blyth Bridge.

Interested teams will be required to submit design concepts and bids will be assessed 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. An employer’s agent and structural engineer will be appointed separately.

The deadline for applications is midday on 16 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Kevin Scott
Eildon Housing Association
The Weaving Shed
Ettrick Mill
Dunsdale Road
Selkirk  TD7 5EB

Tel: +44 1750725900

Email: kevins@eildon.org.uk

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