Council Committee is updated on city building projects

Aberdeen City Council’s Capital Programme Committee was yesterday (Wednesday 23 September) updated on the progress of capital investment projects and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on deadlines and costs. 

Members were informed that while individual project delay and additional costs can be expected as a result of the initial two month UK-wide construction lockdown that took place on 23 March this year, officers are working with contractors to mitigate the financial implications and timescale delays incurred as well as the potential on ongoing work. 

Among the projects affected has been Aberdeen’s council house building programme; the largest undertaken by the Council in over 50 years.  

Contractors resumed work in line with Scottish Government guidelines on safety in July.  

The ambitious plans to build 2000 new council homes were progressing well until the Covid-19 pandemic halted work at the Summerhill and Wellheads construction sites resulting in approximately 12 weeks of inactivity. Good progress was reported on both sites since the resumption of work. Almost 200 new homes at Smithfield and Manor Walk had already been built.  

369 housing units are earmarked for the site of the former Summerhill Academy and a further 283 homes at Wellheads Road in Dyce.  

Committee Convener, Councillor Marie Boulton, said: “I was pleased to hear that progress is once again being made on our capital projects despite the obvious impact of Covid-19 which no one could have anticipated when construction began.  

“We recognise and accept that completion deadlines will inevitably be delayed and additional costs incurred as a result. However, I would like to thank our officers who are working hard to minimise the impacts of the pandemic in delivering these hugely important projects as quickly and efficiently as possible”. 

Aberdeen City Council plans to build more new homes at Tillydrone, Kincorth, Craighill and Greenferns which will adopt the building industry’s gold standard wherever practical and where site capacity allows.