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PICTURES: Start is made on new £30m housing development in Aviemore

By Gavin Musgrove

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Work has begun on the first phase of 110 homes which Tulloch Homes will build in a £30 million investment in Aviemore.

Zander Sutherland has moved from Milton of Leys development in Inverness to take charge as site manager of the new Bynack More development at what is known locally as the Pony Field by the village’s retail park.

He told the Strathy: “It’s great to finally start work on what’s an exciting project.

“Our initial focus has been on laying the foundations for the blocks of two-storey one and two-bedroom cottage flats which will be the initial phase of the development and we’ve made good progress in the first few days.

“Aviemore firm Allan Munro Construction have been appointed to carry out all the civil engineering works and we’re in the process of confirming sub-contractors, which we hope will also involve companies from the local area.

“The site is a very good one from a construction viewpoint and the completed homes will have some splendid and special views.

“The target is to have the cottage flats ready for occupation next spring and then roll out the next phases.”

Sutherland, a former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Brora Rangers footballer, brings to Aviemore a record of winning three National House Builders Council Pride in the Job awards in the past four years, plus a Seal of Excellence from the same body.

He collected his latest award earlier this summer and said: “It would be a privilege to continue that run at Bynack More.”

This is Tulloch’s first Aviemore development since the popular High Burnside 17 years ago on the other side of the A9 some 17 years ago.

Jo McLaren, the company’s sales and marketing director, said: “We’ve already a good database of inquiries for Bynack More but now that building work has begun, we’ll be launching our sales campaign and accepting reservations from next month.

“We hope to have a show home open on the site for next spring.”

The development has been in the planning pipeline since September 2003.

The site was recently transferred to Tulloch’s ownership following the successful completion of legal negotiations.

A total of 33 affordable homes have already been built by the site as the affordable housing element.

The first of this latest phase will be 10 one and two-bedroom two-storey flats and 15 houses, comprising two-bedroom bungalows and three-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes. Four-bedroom homes will be built at a later stage.

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