Jane Mackinnon, a former long-standing Hebridean Housing Partnership Board Member, officially opened Corran Cismaol, Castlebay on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Stornway-based Calmax Construction Limited, who employed several more local contractors, went on site in June 2018, with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart in Castlebay to cut the turf and completed construction in April 2019. 

The six homes are the first social rented properties built in Barra since 2010.

A total of £1.4 million has been invested in building the homes of which £841,000 came from the Scottish Government, £100,000 from Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar and £418,000 from HHP.

Housing Minister Mr Stewart said:“Working together we can provide the right homes in the right places, supporting our rural areas, retaining families and strengthening our communities. I’m delighted that these six quality, affordable homes in Barra are now complete.

"These new houses are a result of the effective partnership between Hebridean Housing Partnership, the Comhairle and the Scottish Government.

“Making sure everyone has a safe, warm, affordable place to live is central to our vision for a fairer Scotland. Developments like this keep us on track to deliver our ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, backed by record investment of £3 billion.”

HHP’s Chief Executive, Dena Macleod said: “I am delighted to see these new homes completed in Barra.  They show HHP’s continued commitment to affordable housing throughout the Outer Hebrides.  It has also been good to see the main contractor support the local economy and give local contractors the opportunity to work with them.”   

Kenny John MacLeod, Chair of Communities and Housing Committee, said: “Once again, we are pleased to see strong partnership working at the heart of housing development in our communities. In line with our Local Housing Strategy, the Comhairle is committed to ensuring that new, affordable homes are built throughout the islands and it is very rewarding to see these six homes completed in Barra. ”

Pictured above are Jane Mackinnon (former HHP Board Member), Roddy Mackay (HHP Board Member), Jennifer Macleod (Tenant), Mairi Bremner (HHP Board Member), Dena Macleod (HHP Chief Executive), Norman Macaskill (HHP Clerk of Works).

 At start of project… Norman M Macleod, HHP Chairman, Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing, Councillor Paul F Steele, Vice Chair of the Comhairle's Communities and Housing Committee, Alasdair Allan MSP and Donald Mackay Calmax Construction Ltd.