Work starts at Portlethen

North-east building company Bancon Construction will today start work on Cornerstone's new £1.2million social housing development in Portlethen, Aberdeenshire.

The new development, which will allow six people with disabilities from the local area to live more independently, is due for completion next summer.    

Cornerstone recently launched its ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is' appeal to raise enough money, with additional funding from the Scottish Government, to build the six flats.  The land was secured earlier this year with the support of Aberdeenshire Council.

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 a good level of independence. The properties will also be equipped to deal with residents' changing needs.

Jayne Findlay, Cornerstone Regional Director, North, said: "Finding a place to live is often difficult for people with disabilities, especially if a person has complex needs. In the past, the only options for many young people and adults with disabilities have been institutions, group homes or living with family.

"It is very exciting that we are now in a position to start with build of the new development, and we are very much looking forward to working with Bancon Construction over the coming months.

George Parsons, Managing Director of Bancon Construction, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this important community project. It is always satisfying to be part of something that enhances community life in the North-east.  We are looking forward to working closely with Cornerstone over the coming months."

There are a number of ways for schools, community groups, corporate organisations and individuals to get involved in the Home Is Where The Heart Is appeal.  To find out more about ways you can support the campaign contact or call 01224 256 000

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