Published On: Wed, Apr 6th, 2016

Robertson begins demolition of former Zoo Nightclub site

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MD Robertson Partnership Homes and Grant Ager (Chief Exec, Fairfield Housing Co-Operative) at the former Zoo Nighclub in Canal Street, Perth where demolition of the building has begun to make way for new affordable housing in the city.

MD Robertson Partnership Homes and Grant Ager (Chief Exec, Fairfield Housing Co-Operative) at the former Zoo Nighclub in Canal Street, Perth where demolition of the building has begun to make way for new affordable housing in the city.

Perth’s Zoo nightclub will soon be consigned to history when the building is demolished to make way for 32 affordable homes. Robertson Partnership Homes is razing the current site to the ground as part of a Ј3million project awarded by Fairfield Housing Co-operative, with construction due to begin next month.

Commenting on the demolition process, Robertson Partnership Homes’ Managing Director, Stewart Shearer said: “Our work over the next few weeks will include removing the current build piece-by-piece. This process is understandably delicate and will take approximately four to five weeks. We then plan to start laying the new foundations early in the spring.

“I know the Zoo Nightclub was a popular nightspot for many local people and some were sad to see it close its doors. That said, I am confident that the people of Perth will appreciate the end result. The creation of 32 brand new affordable homes will be an excellent addition to Canal Street, where I am sure many future family memories will be made.”

Zoo Nightclub closed in August 2015 after the dilapidated building was deemed no longer fit for purpose.

Revised plans for the 32 apartment development were submitted to Perth and Kinross Council by site owners, Perthshire Glazing Company, in early December. The finished product will comprise three storeys of one and two-bedroom apartments, complete with open planning living arrangements, modern fitted kitchens and bathrooms, and outdoor cycle storage, all contributing to an energy efficient development.

Grant Ager, CEO of Fairfield Housing Co-operative, said: “We knew the site would bring some challenges to the contractor because it neighbours a listed building and is right in the middle of one of Perth’s busiest through-roads. That’s why we awarded the contract to Robertson Partnership Homes. Stewart and his team have a great track record in working on challenging sites and delivering quality affordable housing. I know this project will be a great addition to the city and to our own portfolio. Once they’re ready for occupancy, we will work with Perth and Kinross Council to allocate the flats to the people who need them.”

Derek Petterson, CEO of Perthshire Glazing Company, said: “The Canal Street project is a wonderful boost for Perth: “The addition of 32 apartments at the site means more people will be living and working in the city centre. This is an important milestone in the regeneration of a very busy street in Perth and it is a project we are delighted to be involved with.”

Robertson Partnership Homes is part of the Robertson Group, one of the UK’s largest privately owned infrastructure firms.

For more information on Robertson Partnership Homes visit www.robertson.co.uk and for Fairfield Housing Co-operative visit www.fairfield-ha.org.uk.  

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