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Cruden wins £15m Scottish housing contract

Cruden Construction has won a £15m contract to finish housing projects left incomplete after another builder went bust.

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership had to re-procure the contract after the original contractor, R&D Construction, went into administration last April.

Cruden will complete 150 houses over two years.

Billy Lockhart, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), said: “It has taken some time to get to this stage as a result of procurement regulations, however, we are delighted that the works will be starting imminently, which means we will be able to complete the regeneration programme.

“Cruden is committed to work with DGHP to identify opportunities and we will work with them to attempt to employ as many local workers as possible for the project, which will be a substantial injection of work for the construction industry at this time.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Building and Renewals, said: “Cruden is aware of the downturn in the construction industry generally and is particularly conscious of how this has affected local construction employment prospects since the demise of R&D Construction in the area. We will work with DGHP and fellow stakeholders to endeavour to provide as many employment opportunities as possible for skilled tradesmen local to the sites and do what we can to support local suppliers and sub-contractors where possible.”

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