Former prison site is Sanctuary for city’s key workers

Kevin Stewart MSP meeting Jacqueline and Rebecca Rezin on the balcony of their two-bedroom flat.

A FORMER prison site in Aberdeen has been transformed into 124 highly desirable homes for affordable rent.

Sanctuary Homes’ £19 million development in Torry where HMP Craiginches once stood has made a previously walled off area warm and welcoming.

Pupil support assistant Jacqueline Rezin moved into a two-bedroom flat with her daughter Rebecca, 21.

Jacqueline, 48, said: “We love it and are so happy here. My brother was deputy governor when the prison closed but I doubt our home could be any more different from what he experienced at work.

“Our flat’s really spacious, very bright and airy and the security system makes us feel very safe. We can see it’s been well put together and that the quality is very high.”

Sanctuary’s development has 106 flats and 18 houses, a mix of one, two and three bedroom properties. The mid-market rent homes are managed by Sanctuary Scotland and are available to key workers who might otherwise struggle to secure affordable accommodation. The project was championed by Maureen Watt MSP and made possible thanks to an £8 million Scottish Government grant.

Exterior of the Craiginches development.

The Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, cut the sod for construction work to begin on the site in September 2016.

Mr Stewart said: “I was delighted to be able to meet with Jacqueline and officially open this innovative new mid-market rent housing development and communal garden.

“It is fantastic to see how this development has boosted strong community living in Torry as well as providing quality homes for essential key workers in the city.”