Topping out ceremony marks milestone

A milestone in the construction of our purpose-built social housing complex for adults with learning difficulties was marked on the 22 May at a topping out ceremony.

The ceremony marked the completion of the highest part of the new accommodation in the Bourtree area of Portlethen, with the placement of the final roof tile by Jayne Findlay, Regional Director, North of Scotland.

Representatives of Cornerstone, Bancon Construction, the contractor appointed to the build, and Space Solutions, who were involved in the design of the building, attended the ceremony.

Situated in Portlethen, there will be six flats in the new build, which will allow six people with disabilities from the local area to enjoy a home of their own. Each flat will use the latest technology to allow the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff and feel safe while maintaining an optimum level of independence. The properties will also be equipped to deal with residents' changing needs.

Land for the flats was secured with the help of Aberdeenshire Council, and funding for the scheme was provided by the Scottish Government. Our fundraising campaign - Home Is Where the Heart Is - has so far seen £160,000 of the project’s remaining £300,000 target raised by schools, community groups, private companies and individuals. Bake sales, coffee afternoons, gifts in kind and event sponsorship are some of the ways people have been helping generate funding. We are especially grateful for the little donations coming through from our campaign text line and donation boxes (see opposite)

Jayne Findlay said: “This is an exciting and significant development for Cornerstone.  The placement of the final tile on the roof is a sign that we are close to the completion of the project, which will make a big difference to the lives of six people we support.

George Parsons, Managing Director of Bancon Construction, said: “This development for Cornerstone is an important community project, which will make a considerable difference to the lives of six people, and we are delighted to be involved in its construction.”

Stewart Duff, Associate at Space Solutions, added: “Today’s topping out ceremony marks an exciting milestone in the development of Cornerstone’s new property and we are pleased to have been invited to attend the celebration. We share the enthusiasm and excitement of Cornerstone and the residents in seeing the building progress and look forward to its completion in the autumn.”

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