On Friday 18 November, smoke started to rise from the chimney of the very first house constructed and completed at Tornagrain. After many years of design, planning and construction of the infrastructure, this event provided another milestone for the new town of Tornagrain.
Twenty homes at Tornagrain have now been reserved with the first new residents due to move in during the middle of February. Our first street for occupation is Hillhead Road, named after the farm which sits at the end of the street. Punctuating the other end of the road and sat on Douglas Square, the three storey apartment building is nearing completion. The beautiful new semi-circular stone faced bus stop, with a slate roof has been built of the south side of the road, just before 2 Hillhead Road, Zero C’s new show home.
The Zero C showhome is a double fronted Georgian style property with 4 bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, sitting room with wood burner, laundry room and two bathrooms and has the optional extra of a light south facing sunroom. What appear to be detached villas sit on the north side of the road, however, these are semi-detached 3 bedroom property, so popular that all eight homes have been reserved.
Meeting those families who have reserved a house, there is a feeling of excitement about their impending move to Tornagrain. Combining the best of classical architecture with new technology, including high speed internet connection, these houses have attracted a lot of couples whose opinion is divided over whether to live in an old or new house. Six households have already put their names down for one of the allotments, which are in the process of being established for residents, along with the tennis courts.
By the time of our next newsletter, these families will already have their allotments dug over and planted. The bamboo canes will be up in preparation for the runner beans and sweet peas. They too will have smoke coming out of their chimneys, enjoying the last few log fires as we approach summer.
These are very exciting times ahead for the new town of Tornagrain.
High Speed Broadband
Residents in Tornagrain will enjoy fibre optic connectivity to their home allowing access to very high speed broadband. Tornagrain Ltd has entered an agreement with GTC to supply the technology to ensure the new town is the most connected place in the Highlands.
A ceremony to mark the founding of the new town of Tornagrain took place yesterday with 3 standing stones unveiled by the Provost of Inverness, Cllr. Helen Carmichael following an address from Fergus Ewing, MSP Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.
Lord Moray said "standing stones have been part of the landscape for many centuries in Scotland, particularly in the North. We thought this would be an appropriate way to mark the start of what is very much a new community, but one which builds upon the best traditions of design from communities in the past."
Phase 1 Infrastructure
Global Infrastructure, based in Muir of Ord, have been appointed to deliver the infrastructure for Phase 1. The works will take place over the next 52 weeks and will enable housebuilders to be on site in Spring 2016, about halfway through the works. Gas, electricity, water and foul drainage assets will be upgraded as part of the works.
Zero C and A & J Stephen have been announced as the two housebuilders who will commence works on site in Spring 2016. Both are well respected housebuilders with experience in the delivery of traditional urbanism and high quality homes.
Planning Decision Notice issued
The Planning Decision Notice has finally been received granting permission for the development of Tornagrain. What has seemed like quite a journey can now begin to really take shape.
A major gas pipeline runs through the Tornagrain site. This will be relocated by Scottish Gas Networks in early 2014. The first signs of diggers on site!