Work has started on Angus Council’s £4.7 million scheme to convert the former Chapelpark Primary School in Forfar into affordable housing.
Local Contractors Andrew Shepherd Construction Limited moved on to the site last week to begin the first phase of the project which will eventually provide 25 flats and four terraced houses.
The project will breathe new life into the much-loved local landmark building and is part of a wider long-term strategic programme of housing improvements in the south of Forfar.
A council spokesman said: “This enabling works contract involves the stripping out and removal of internal wall and ground floor ceiling finishes, internal doors, service installations, asbestos removal and other preparatory works.
“It will allow a full inspection of the existing structure so that design details can be finalised for the conversion of the old school buildings into affordable council housing for rent.
“Demolition of external shelters, the play area, removal of external fire escape stairs, and other minor items also form part of this contract.
“This initial work is due for completion at the start of October and is the initial stage in the transformation of this iconic building into much-needed high quality affordable housing, as part Angus Council’s Housing Supply Programme.”
The flats will be created in the former school’s two listed buildings, while a further four new terraced houses will be built alongside within the site.
Angus Council received grant funding of £1,305,000 from the Scottish Government to assist in meeting its Affordable Housing Supply Programme with the remaining £3.7 million being funded by the council itself.
The development is situated opposite 18 new houses at Newmonthill which were completed last year, with both projects designed to help meet both current and future demands.
Following a procurement exercise and appointment of a contractor, it is anticipated that the full construction stage of the project will begin in January 2016 and be complete by April 2017.