John Swinney MSP opens ‘smart’ housing development in Blair Atholl



Perthshire North MSP and the new cabinet secretary for covid recovery John Swinney officially opened Atholl Estates’ new Watermill Development, a community of eight new homes that showcase some of the latest eco-friendly living.

(from left) Back: Jennifer Robertson and Rob Paul (James Denholm Partnership) Sarah Troughton (Atholl Estates) Brian Pirrie (Osprey Construction)

Front: John Swinney MSP and new resident Ann Bell

The culmination of a six-year collaborative project between Atholl Estates and the Scottish Government through the Rural Affordable Housing Fund, the two-bedroom cottages have been designed to be highly energy efficient and low maintenance. 

Heating in the new homes is supplied via ‘smart’ electrical radiators that sense when there is spare energy on the national grid which can be used at a low tariff. While low maintenance both inside and out makes the homes durable and easily managed, both for tenants and the estate, over the long term.

Ideal for senior citizens, five of the homes have already been let to estate tenants currently living at Blair Atholl and the surrounding areas and Mr Swinney will meet them on his visit. 

The houses were designed by James Denholm Partnership and built by Osprey Construction

Andrew Bruce Wootton, who has overseen the project, said: “This has been a collaboration with a community goal at its heart and I am delighted to now see the first tenants moving into their new homes.”



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