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First steps taken over new West Link bridge in Inverness

CONSTRUCTION of the West Link in Inverness has passed another major milestone after a senior councillor was among the first people to walk across the route’s new River Ness road bridge.

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First steps taken over new West Link bridge in Inverness

CONSTRUCTION of the West Link in Inverness has passed another major milestone after a senior councillor was among the first people to walk across the route’s new River Ness road bridge.

Cllr Allan Henderson, chairman of the local authority’s places committee, walked over the bridge yesterday to signal the latest progress in the £55 million project.

He said: “It is marvellous to be able to finally do this.”

Plans are under way to find a name for the new bridge and the options will go to a public vote in the autumn.

The West Link is due to open to traffic by December, although a short section of the road east of the river is already open for local access only.

Once completed, it will connect the Ness-side area of the city with Tomnahurich via a new road layout and bridge at Holm Mills. It is designed to reduce city centre traffic congestion.

Phase two of the project will include a second swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal and construction of new golf holes for Torvean Golf Club to accommodate that bridge’s link to the A82. It is scheduled to begin in 2019 for completion in 2020.

The project will enable the development of significant areas for housing and other schemes at Ness-side and Torvean.

Source: http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/First-steps-taken-over-new-West-Link-bridge-in-Inverness-01082017.htm

 

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Scottish Home Award Winners 2017!

Robertson Homes wins two awards at the 2017 Scottish Home Awards

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Scottish Home Award Winners

Robertson Homes wins two awards at the 2017 Scottish Home Awards

The Scottish Home Awards was founded in 2007 to recognise excellence in the Scottish housebuilding industry.*

It is an independent awards programme, run for the benefit of the housebuilding community, with the objective of helping house builders and housing associations sell, rent or promote their properties more effectively.*

Robertson Homes Wins:-
House of the Year for The Ivory Garden Room
and
House Builder of the Year (More than 150 units)

 

*Source: http://kdmedia.co.uk/homeawards/

Current location - Backworth

With the news that Newcastle has been named the best city to raise a family, we introduce to you our Backworth Park development, just eight miles from the city centre.

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Current location - Backworth

With the news that Newcastle has been named the best city to raise a family, we introduce to you our Backworth Park development, just eight miles from the city centre.

Backworth is a semi-rural, urban fringe location close to both the coast and city. Ideal for young professionals and families with great facilities nearby, our new development at Backworth Park will feature 12 house types from our Boutique collection – including the Coral, Juniper and Willow.

We understand it’s important to get to know an area before deciding if it’s a right fit – so we’ve rounded up just some what you can see, do and eat in this lovely part of the country.

Cafe

Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse, Newcastle

Discover over 60 types of loose leaf tea and freshly baked goods at this hip venue, which also houses a small cinema and gallery. Stripped back décor sets the scene, with regular exhibitions providing a platform for artists at grass-roots level. Be one of the first in the know at this charming café.

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The Blagdon Farm Shop, Milkhope Centre

The fine people at Blagdon have been passionate about growing, rearing and cooking the very best local food for nearly 15 years, from succulent 21 day dry aged Belted Galloway Beef, handmade pies and quiches and the freshest fruit and vegetables.

The Bake House and Larder serves small-batch produce showcasing their own meat, veg and local produce – ideal for discovering your local area’s natural larder.

Walking

Northumberland has some of the most striking coastlines in the country, but if you’re looking for something a little closer to home then the Backworth Walk is a gentle stroll through time, taking in the waggonways that once dominated Backworth mining country.

Restaurant

When it comes to fine dining, there really is no restaurant better placed than House of Tides.  Owned by Michelin-starred Kenny Atkinson, his award-winning finesse is evidenced in the range of dishes served.  The menu changes with the seasons, with current fare including duck, crab, lamb and strawberries.  

For those searching for pub grub to warm the heart, The Jolly Fisherman in Craster is where to go. Included in the Telegraph guide to the best British pubs, relax here after a day discovering the Northumberland coastline.

Children’s activity

This one is fun for both kids and adults! Let your little monkeys take to the trees at Beamwish Wild Treetop Park in nearby Stanley, and let their wild hearts run free on zip-wires, rope bridges, swinging tires and a Powerfan free-fall experience.

Culture

Victoria Tunnel

The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved subterranean wagonway that runs under Newcastle from the Town Moor down to the River Tyne.  Built to transfer coal in the 19th century, it’s open for guided tours following a sensitive restoration, and is child-friendly.

The Biscuit Factory

A lesser-known gallery, we urge you not to miss this hidden gem. The Biscuit Factory prides itself in presenting both art and artists that might never otherwise get the exposure they deserve – fabulous if you are searching for local pieces to adorn your walls, and a great conversation starter with dinner guests. 

 

View more informaiton on our new Backworth Park Development, by clicking here

Current location - Rothbury

Our first development in North East England launched this month. Cragside Gardens in Rothbury will provide family homes from our award-winning Boutique collection, available through Bradley Hall in Alnwick. Are you considering a move? Let us help you get to know the local area with our guide of where to ‘check in’ during a day in Rothbury.

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Current location - Rothbury

Our first development in North East England launched this month. Cragside Gardens in Rothbury will provide family homes from our award-winning Boutique collection, available through Bradley Hall in Alnwick. Are you considering a move? Let us help you get to know the local area with our guide of where to ‘check in’ during a day in Rothbury.

Cafés

Tomlinson’s

A quick scan of Facebook puts this modern café and bunkhouse at the top of the list when it comes to lunch in Rothbury.

Here you’ll be served fresh, wholesome produce amidst quirky original features mixed with contemporary, bright interiors. Large windows let the light in, and lend views overlooking the River Coquet.

As you might expect from an eatery located in the heart of Northumberland hill farming country, Tomlinson’s has access to some of the best livestock producers in the UK and are close to the coast with its delicious haul of seafood fresh from the North Sea.

The Running Fox

Nearby Longframlington houses this gem – where afternoon tea is the dish of the day! The café and bakery produce artisan treats of the highest quality. Expect homemade sandwiches, pies, quiches, breads and cakes.

The afternoon tea is legendary amongst locals, and can be served with bottomless tea and coffee, or add sparkle with Prosecco or local ale.

Shops

Tully’s of Rothbury

A traditional village store, this delicatessen specialises in Northumbrian, fairly traded, organic fare.

This quaint deli has a broad selection - great for presents to family and friends that showcase the highlights of your local area.

Galleries

The Congregational Art Gallery

This new addition to Rothbury brings contemporary art to the traditional market town, showing high quality professional paintings, sculpture, ceramics and more.

Admire the art from the onsite café, serving artisan coffee and baked goods.

Walks

Simonside Hills

Northumberland is a region famed for its outstanding natural beauty. The Simonside Hills are no different. This walk treats visitors to one of the best views in north east England, with a breathtaking panorama waiting at the summit. Views stretch for miles, taking in the Northumbrian coast and the surrounding Cheviots.

A comfortable walk for all abilities.

This isn't just for walkers. Mountain bikers and horse riders are also welcome to ride the forest roads and tracks of this magical place.

Rothbury View

Children’s activity

Pots and Paws

Get creative with your children at this craft studio, where you can create and decorate your own pot, mug, plate, vase or ornament to your very own tastes. They also host pottery parties for crafty kids!

Summer event

Join in with the Rothbury revelry as residents take to the streets for the annual bank holiday street fair (29 May).

You’ll find stalls, games, activities and events under the town's famous avenue of horse chestnuts - which flower just in time for the event every year. With over 5000 locals attending, it’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbours.

One for the gin lovers

Voted in The Independent’s top ten of best new gins, Northumberland’s Hepple Gin is the only distillery to use three techniques to capture the full range of flavours from the ingredients.

The Northumbria Moors are one of the most botanically vibrant environments in England, with Hepple Gin crafted from the local green juniper. These unripe berries lend fresh, woody notes to the spirit.

Tasting notes describe a zingy scent, a citrus sweet taste and a long, juicy finish.

Enough to make the mouth water.

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Jon Pilling - Interior Design Blog

I’ve been creating unique show home interiors for fifteen years and my company, Abode, works exclusively for specialist new-build developers. My team and I were brought in to work on the show homes at Chatelherault Mill in Ferniegair and Almondell in Mid Calder...

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Jon Pilling Interior Design Blog

I’ve been creating unique show home interiors for fifteen years and my company, Abode, works exclusively for specialist new-build developers. My team and I were brought in to work on the show homes at Chatelherault Mill in Ferniegair and Almondell in Mid Calder...

What strikes me about Robertson Homes is that their houses make architectural statements and that’s almost unheard of in this industry. It’s really rare to find a builder that’s creating interesting houses – The Saffron at Chatelherault Mill, for example, is a really lovely, 21st century family home.

We’re always mindful to show a house at its very best. The Saffron’s ground floor is a wonderful family space and we’ve worked to draw the eye through the spacious, open plan kitchen, living and dining areas. Interior design should always reflect the style of the house; while we obviously need insight into who will be living there, the architecture guides us and we also research the local area. 

Kitchen

The Saffron interior needed a timeless and understated level of luxury and quality, and we used a mix of linens, velvets and marble to create and elegant home. To highlight the best use of space in the living room, we placed a media unit which was created by our own cabinet maker – we also often use pieces from local furniture designers and source from around the world. The corner sofa wraps around the area and a stunning feature armchair with footstool completes it.

LivingArea

The master bedroom has a bespoke headboard as well as leather and wenge furniture. Floor to ceiling curtains and sheers create an opulent atmosphere. Overall, the second floor is infused with a homely but very special atmosphere.

Bedroom

Almondell’s master bedroom is similarly luxurious, akin to a beautiful hotel room, and here we used a large, multi-point light to create a real ‘wow’ factor. Overall, we wanted the Almondell interior to be design-led and dramatic – but also calm. The team mixed deep chocolate tones with ivories, geometric patterns and a touch of amber. The intention was to ‘set a scene’; as you enter the house there’s a dark, dramatic wall with a book display that’s a real feature. 

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The garden room’s main feature is a geometric room divider which optically separates the space from the dining room. Here, we’ve created a little intrigue, as if you’re walking into a boutique restaurant or VIP lounge.

Almondell Showhome Dining Room

The furniture is also a stand-out feature at Almondell; the living room coffee table is actually an award-winning design, from a Devon-based company, while the dining table appears to float on glass legs.

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Of course, this a family home that, overall, is great for kids. There’s much attention to detail in the children’s rooms, to appeal to their imaginative personalities. The girl’s room is unashamedly pretty but isn’t without attitude, with cool artwork and a sparkle-horned unicorn! Meanwhile, the boy’s room décor is for the Batman-fixated kid, with books and toys that draw from Marvel comics.

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Dunbar Grammar's new £10m extension should be ready by August '18

Dunbar Grammar School is to be extended to accommodate 350 extra pupils and should be ready by August '18...

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Dunbar Grammar's new £10m extension should be ready by August '18

Dunbar Grammar School is to be extended to accommodate 350 extra pupils and should be ready by August '18...

News Article Source: East Lothian Council

Fifth year Art and Design

 

Dunbar’s growing population means Dunbar Grammar has to be able to open its doors to many new pupils. By August 2018, the new campus extension will allow the school to cater for 1199 pupils, an increase of 350 places.

Phase One of the project involved expansion of the pupils’ Social Space and the provision of a classroom sized temporary modular unit at a cost of £380,000.00 and was completed in August 2016.

Phase Two represents a major expansion of the school, comprising the building of a large two-storey extension to the east, providing new-build teaching and ancillary accommodation, significant alterations to various areas within the existing school, a new all-weather pitch, and associated external works.

Phase Two of the works will be delivered through Innovate and will include funding from developers’ contributions gathered as a result of the additional houses that have been built in the area.

Planning and Environment spokesperson Councillor Norman Hampshire said:

“This is fantastic news for Dunbar and for the Grammar. We have welcomed development in the town and we have a growing and thriving community. Dunbar Grammar is at the very heart of our community and this expansion will mean that it is fit for purpose and ready to give all our young people from Dunbar and the Dunbar catchment a great education and a really good start in life.”

 

Robertson Homes new Fair Acres Developmeint of 3, 4 and 5 bedroon new homes in Dunbar has now launched. Find out more here

Getting back to nature in Mid Calder

Almondell is named after its position beside the River Almond, on the edge of historic Mid Calder. Derelict buildings that once stood here have been swept away, but the bats that resided in them have been re-homed nearby.

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Getting back to nature in Mid Calder

Almondell is named after its position beside the River Almond, on the edge of historic Mid Calder. Derelict buildings that once stood here have been swept away, but the bats that resided in them have been re-homed nearby.

Successful housing developments should complement their surroundings, providing a home for nature as well as for new residents. This environmental sensitivity is being demonstrated perfectly at Almondell in Mid Calder, where Robertson Homes are constructing a collection of homes in a setting renowned for its wildlife and natural beauty.

Almondell is named after its position beside the River Almond, on the edge of historic Mid Calder. Derelict buildings that once stood here have been swept away, but the bats that resided in them have been re-homed nearby.

Woodland surroundings have been retained wherever possible, and owls have been encouraged to make Almondell their home courtesy of dedicated nest boxes. Steps have also been taken to preserve the habitats of otters, who are well established along this stretch of the river.

As well as protecting the existing residents of this picturesque semi-rural setting, Robertson Homes are creating a hugely desirable environment for families. A total of 49 properties will be constructed along three compact cul-de-sacs just off Calder Park Road, which is directly across the river from Almond Park. A blend of three, four and five-bedroom villas has been chosen from the builder’s Boutique Collection, with an extensive standard specification including the latest appliances and sanitaryware.

Mid Calder is a beautiful conservation village, dating back almost a thousand years thanks to its position along the old Glasgow to Edinburgh turnpike road. Period buildings populate this peaceful village, which has retained a strong local identity despite being within a mile of Livingston’s thriving town centre. This complex includes the Almondvale shopping centre and retail park, as well as a designer outlet village that attracts visitors from across central Scotland. Almondell’s location will impress commuters as much as shopaholics; separate train lines stop at Uphall and Livingston South stations, while the M8 is equally close at hand.

With development work still at an early stage, Almondell is currently being marketed from the offices of local estate agents Peterkin and Kidd. The Robertson Homes sales team can be contacted on 0333 005 0427, from Thursday to Monday between 10.30am and 5.30pm.

The best of town and country in Ferniegair

The best of town and country in Ferniegair. Ferniegair is therefore a fitting location for Chatelherault Mill – an attractively landscaped Robertson Homes development that dovetails perfectly with its surroundings.

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The best of town and country in Ferniegair

The best of town and country in Ferniegair. Ferniegair is therefore a fitting location for Chatelherault Mill – an attractively landscaped Robertson Homes development that dovetails perfectly with its surroundings.

There are good reasons why Ferniegair has become one of Scotland’s fastest-growing villages. It stands at the head of the stunning Clyde Valley, famous for its garden centres and chocolate-box hamlets, while also enjoying close proximity to Hamilton’s historic town centre.

Ferniegair is therefore a fitting location for Chatelherault Mill – an attractively landscaped Robertson Homes development that dovetails perfectly with its surroundings.

Chatelherault Mill occupies a privileged position between Hamilton Golf Club and Chatelherault Country Park. Many of its four and five-bedroom detached villas overlook mature woodland, while other homes have aspects across rolling fairways. Well-spaced properties line compact cul-de-sacs, with an open residential square and children’s play park forming a centrepiece to this green and pleasant landscape.

In such a tranquil environment, it’s easy to forget that Ferniegair represents an excellent location for commuters. Chatelherault train station is a five-minute stroll from here, with half-hourly trains departing for Glasgow Central. Ferniegair stands equidistant between two motorway junctions, while the forthcoming completion of the M74/M73/M8 upgrade will give local residents the most comprehensive roads network anywhere in Scotland.

Future residents of Chatelherault Mill will be able to choose from some of Robertson Homes’ largest property styles, including the Saffron. This imposing double-fronted villa is distinguished by Parisian balconies above its integral double garage, belonging to a huge master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe. Four other double bedrooms occupy the Saffron’s first floor, while a double-aspect lounge and formal dining room join a huge family dining kitchen and spacious utility downstairs.

A number of incentives are currently available on selected plots at Chatelherault Mill, including Robertson Homes’ Guaranteed Move scheme. A value is agreed for a buyer’s existing home based on two separate valuations, and the property is then marketed through an experienced estate agent with Robertson Homes also paying for the Home Report. If a satisfactory offer isn’t received within six weeks of the new home being ready, Robertson Homes will buy it at the pre-agreed price.

To find out more on Chatelherault Mill’s blend of town and country living, contact the Robertson Homes sales team in Ferniegair on 0845 890 9459.