ARK Estates and O'Brien Homes reopen Mart Road development in Dingwall

Our residential and retail development on Mart Road, Dingwall, has reopened.

The site had been shut since 23 March when the Government announced lockdown measures to help slow the spread of Covid-19 across the UK.

We have been preparing for the easing of restrictions by working jointly with our lead contractor, O’Brien Homes, to put in place increased safety measures, but made the decision to keep the site completely closed until Government guidance changed.

The enhanced safety measures include the introduction of temperature checks for staff and visitors, a rota system and one way routes to allow for social distancing, along with increased parking to allow workers to commute alone. There will be enhanced facilities and increased cleaning on site, and arrangements have been made for materials to be delivered in a way where social distancing can be maintained. Work on site will gradually build up from an initial small number of workers to prove the new safe systems of working, and it will be continually monitored.

William Gray, Managing Director of Ark Estates, said:

“The safety of the on-site teams, and the wider Dingwall community, remain our priority. This is why we took the decision to only open the site when government advice had clearly changed, and we were entirely happy that we could put in place all the necessary safety measures.”

Tom O’Brien, Director of O’Brien Homes, said:

“Safety is always our number one priority. Working together, we have put in place completely revised plans to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors alike. We are confident that the work can be done safely and we look forward to getting back to work and playing our part in delivering much needed new homes for Dingwall.”

Once complete, the residential and retail development on Mart Road is set to breathe new life into Dingwall High Street. The multi-million pound project at the site of the former Picture House nightclub and surrounding units is being redeveloped into 30 flats that will be managed by the Highland Council, along with two private retail units.

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