Fraserburgh home damaged by explosion set to be repaired and refurbished

Homes in Fraserburgh damaged by an explosion and fire are being lined up for repair work by Aberdeenshire Council.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 9:19 am
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 9:22 am
The damaged homes are in Morary Road, Fraserburgh.

In March last year, fisherman Jonny Tait was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the blast in Moray Road.

Emergency services rushed to the block of flats as smoke poured out of his home.

Moray Road was closed off between College Bounds and Gallowhill Road while firefighters fought the blaze and brought it under control.Substantial damage was caused to four properties in the incident, as well to vehicles parked on the other side of the road.

It was thought the explosion was caused by gas, but SGN carried out safety checks and said it wasn’t related to their network, while police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

Since then, Aberdeenshire Council has carried out essential work to the properties to make them safe.

And now the local authority has issued a contract notice for structural repairs, general refurbishment and modernisation to bring the homes back to a habitable standard.

It will also include the installation of internal wall insulation.

The work is expected to cost the council around £130,000 with a possible start date within a couple of months. It’s anticipated that the contract would take around four months to complete.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We are continuing to undertake essential works within our empty properties as there is a requirement for us to meet our duties around allocations, homelessness and potentially have properties available for isolation cases.

“Of the four Fraserburgh properties affected by last year’s fire, three of them were inhabited at the time of the incident and all tenants have since been permanently rehoused in other properties. The works are expected to start in late April with an anticipated completion date of August 2021.”

Details of the contract can be found on the Public Contract Scotland website at www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

Firms interested in the contract have until March 10 to submit their tender for the work.