Housing

Funding for energy efficiency pilot project

THREE social housing properties in the South End of Shetland are being retrofitted with energy efficiency measures as part of a new pilot project. Hjaltland Housing Association has been awarded around £65,000 from the Energy Redress Carbon Emissions Reduction fund for the project at Thistle Court in Virkie. At its essence, the initiative will see […] Shetland News …


People ‘left in limbo’ in struggle get onto the property ladder

IT HAS been described by some as the “elephant in the room” – the barriers first-time buyers in Shetland are facing as they struggle to get their foot on the property ladder. With a buoyant property market, expensive private rents and a long waiting list for social housing, many of Shetland’s younger generation are struggling […] Shetland News …


Industry strives to keep building amid high costs and shortage of materials

THE LOCAL construction trade is so far holding up well in the face of the twin challenges of high prices and shortage of key building materials globally, according to many of those working within the industry. Shetland News has been speaking to builders, architects and surveyors who all report that the sector is generally weathering […] Shetland News …


The two houses vying to be named Scotland’s home of the year

SHOWING off your home to strangers can be a daunting prospect – but how about inviting in the whole of Scotland for a look? That is what a couple of local homeowners are set to do when their houses are showcased on BBC TV show Scotland’s Home of the Year on Wednesday at 8pm. Perfect […] Shetland News …


New Lerwick flats ready to hit the housing market

TWENTY SEVEN new one bedroom room flats are set to be advertised for rent this month after Hjaltland Housing Association (HHA) announced the imminent completion of its flagship project at King Harald Street in Lerwick. Following consultation, the ten ground floor flats will be allocated to existing Hjaltland and SIC housing tenants who are under-occupying […] Shetland News …