Transformation of Abbey Quarter underway

Published on Friday 25 May 2018

The townscape around the historic Arbroath Abbey is beginning to change as 40 new homes begin to emerge in the Abbey Quarter.

Twelfth century meets the 21st on the rise just off the A92 Montrose Road in what is the latest clear signal of efforts to transform and reconnect the town and its people - providing high quality affordable housing, as well as better community spaces in Angus.

Pat Millar, a community representative on the Arbroath Locality Partnership said: “It’s great to see the area really taking shape. Housing-led regeneration projects are a key component in our Arbroath Locality Partnership’s vision to make Arbroath a better place to live, work and visit.

“But it’s about more than aiming for high quality housing for all – it is about improving the town’s infrastructure and its environment so Arbroath is more accessible and more enjoyable for people to get around, to live, work and play. It’s also about helping to make Arbroath more attractive for employers and visitors so we can improve the economy and reduce poverty by improving job prospects and helping to raise household incomes.

The £7-million Abbey Quarter development – on the footprint of Guthrie Hill and Smithy Croft – is supported by £2.3 million of Scottish Government grant funding and will provided much-needed homes for rent near the town centre, where previously there were unloved and unpopular multi-storey blocks. The 28 one-bedroom flats and two wheelchair-adapted properties will help to meet the significant demand for these types of rented property in Arbroath. There will be 40 units in total across the development, with two, three and four bedroom homes also available.

Abbey Q from Barngreen

With the foundations in place and the frames of the homes now beginning to appear, it is anticipated that the project will be completed in 2020. Elected members met council officials onsite today to view the developments first stages up close and discuss the plans in detail (see our Housing Team's blog for photos).

Communities convener, Cllr Craig Fotheringham said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made here at Abbey Quarter. This project will assist us in providing more high quality places that people are proud to call home. The design is contemporary, but sits perfectly alongside our historic Abbey and I am certain the people will be delighted to live here.”

Communities vice-convener, Cllr Lois Speed added: “It has been exciting to see this development take shape. There’s no doubt that, when completed, it will enhance the area and help improve the lives of all those that will be offered a home here. It’s also great to see more housing options being provided for households who have a disability. It is vital that we continue to increase our stock of accessible barrier free homes to help tackle the growing demand and pressures on those individuals and families who require this type of property”.

Hadden Group managing director Steven Brady said: “We’re pleased with the progress made to date on the construction works. Much of this has been in the ground but, now the superstructure is underway, you will rapidly see the buildings taking shape.”

The Arbroath (and area) Locality Plan was developed with local residents, community organisations and partner agencies in the voluntary, private and public sectors with thought given to what everyone can do to improve the quality of life for local people. The plan explains why we want to work better together locally; identifies areas for action to bring about positive change; and describes ways in which we are going to work differently in future.