Conversion gets to the core of community

18th May 2021

A MAJOR contract to convert an office building to housing accommodation has been started by Procast in Perth.

The 30-week project worth £435,000 was awarded by Perth and Kinross Council and commenced on May 3.

Converting the existing offices into four self-contained flats with communal area and a warden’s office, including the construction of extensions either side and to the rear, will involve:

  • Downtakings – complete strip-out
  • Building work
  • Woodwork
  • Roofing work
  • Rendering work
  • Internal finishes
  • Decoration
  • Plumbing and heating
  • Electrical work
  • Mechanical work
  • External works

The property will become what is known as “close and cluster” accommodation – a term  referring to shared accommodation, in which people have their own private bedroom, or other single-person accommodation units, but they share communal facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and so on.

The project is similar to others completed by Procast for North Lanarkshire Council, which formed part of wider town-centre regeneration plans.

Contracts Manager Kevin Kozicki, who is heading up the project with Logan Rock as Site Manager, said: “On site, our biggest challenges will be health and safety and traffic management to maintain safety for members of the public and others.

“Deliveries to site will all be planned and managed to maintain safety but more than anything else we are really excited to deliver this project for Perth and Kinross Council.

Cluster accommodation has typically been associated with the provision of student accommodation but may also be provided for groups such as nurses and other key workers.

It may also be provided for vulnerable people or people with special needs, such as; people with disabilities.

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