100 new homes for Govan and city centre

10 Dec 2009

By Ewan Fergus, The Evening Times

Glasgow Housing Association has unveiled plans to build more than 100 state-of-the-art new homes in Govan and the city centre.

The two sites are at Summertown Road in Govan, where 47 homes are planned, and Duke Street/High Street, where a further 54 are planned. As shown in these artist's impressions, the properties will have between one and four bedrooms and include terraced homes, cottage flats, flats and semi-detached homes.

It is planned that 18 will have wheelchair access.

The new homes will also be environmentally friendly, having been awarded a Very Good rating under Ecohomes standards, an assessment scheme run by Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE), which grades each house.

Work is due to start in spring next year, subject to planning approval.

The announcement comes after the association revealed a massive plan to build 422 homes across the city.

All the homes will be built as part of Phase 2 of GHA's new-build programme.

On top of the homes in Govan and Duke Street, construction is set to begin on 147 new homes in Drumchapel, Pollok, Knightswood and Yoker.

Work on another 174 homes at two sites in Linthouse and Pollokshaws is due to start before Christmas.

Jim Sneddon, GHA's executive director of regeneration, said: "These new homes are great news for our tenants - and are another piece in the regeneration jigsaw which benefits Glasgow as a whole. As well as building new homes people want to live in, we are determined to build communities right across the city."

The project is supported with funds from the Scottish Government and construction is being carried out by Scottish housebuilder Cruden.

Insupport of GHA's Community Benefit Clause, Cruden has already created opportunities for four apprenticeson the initial sites with further apprenticeshipsto come across the ninesites. Cruden's four-year apprenticeships are certified by Construction Skills and trainees will work towards a City and Guilds certificate.

Gary Boyd, 17, started as an apprentice joiner with Cruden in August.

He said: "This is my first job since I left school and I love it. I get a real sense of satisfaction - working all day and seeing the end result of your work at the end of the day is a great feeling.

We are on site for two or three weeks at a time, then spend a couple of weeks at Clydebank College. I'm learning all the time, developing my skills, and every day there's something different."

The homes - which have Secured by Design accreditation, a police initiative which helps cut crime by improving home security - are specifically for tenants coming from areas which are part of GHA's clearance programme.

Tenants serving on all the Local Housing Organisation (LHO) committees in the new-build areas - Great Western Tenant Partnership, Clydeside, Pollok Tenants' Choice, Clydeview, New Shaws, Compass and Cernach - were closely involved in the specification and design of the new homes.

They worked with GHA's new-build team, Cruden and their design teams including Glasgow architectural firms Anderson Bell Christie and Hypostyle.

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Building and Renewals Ltd, said: "Cruden is committed to building high quality homes that will regenerate communities across Scotland.

In doing so, we are not only providing first class homes, we are also creating real employment opportunities for young people by delivering on-the-job training and teaching life-long skills through our established apprenticeship scheme.

"Our apprenticeship programme provides a solution to help young people gain the practical skills they need such as joinery and plumbing to join the workforce.

"We aim to work with local people and local firms wherever possible throughout the construction process and it is our hope that the training we deliver will have a lasting impact on the communities long after the homes have been completed."

GHA's Phase 2 new-build programme follows the completion of Phase 1, which saw 239 homes built in the north of Glasgow.

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • Architects impression of Summertown Road, supplied by GHA

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