Green light for 156 new homes in Pollokshaws

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has been given planning approval to build 156 contemporary, energy-efficient homes in Glasgow’s south side.

To be delivered by CCG Homes, Riverford Gardens will offer a range of exclusive properties in a highly desirable location on Riverford Road in Pollokshaws.

Planning approval has been granted by Glasgow City Council for 40 three and four-bedroom townhouses, 12 three-bedroom semi-detached houses and 104 one and two-bedroom flats. The site is bound by views of the White Cart River and is complete with public green space and is adjacent to local amenities and transport links.

Calum Murray, director of CCG, said: “CCG has significant experience and expertise in housebuilding. Across Glasgow we have delivered award-winning developments in affordable housing as well as a series of luxury developments in Glasgow’s west end.

“These credentials have given us the confidence in the market to re-launch CCG Homes brand and the development at Riverford Gardens which will be one of the largest private housing developments in Glasgow. With a range of house types and a contemporary design, we are confident this development will be a success and one that the market eagerly awaits.”

CCG is set to begin full construction works this spring.

Gallowgate transformation kicks on as work starts on more GHA homes

(Image: Bill Fleming)

The regeneration of the Gallowgate in Glasgow has taken a huge step forward as work has started on 143 new GHA homes in the area.

The new development will be made up of 115 homes for social rent and 28 for mid-market rent.

It’s the second phase of the Gallowgate new-build programme, after 62 homes were built by GHA in 2013.

The area has been earmarked as a priority for regeneration by Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) a strategic partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and GHA.

The £17 million development – which includes £9 million in grant funding from the Scottish Government – is a mix of houses and flats, with 14 of the flats adapted for wheelchair users.

The new homes are beside the historic Whitevale Baths. GHA and the city council are working together to find a future for the building to make it part of the community once again.

The homes should be ready by early 2020.

Tenants and staff from GHA and Wheatley Group joined local elected members, representatives from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council as well as contractors CCG to mark the start of work.

Councillor Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm and Chair of TC:G, said: “These new homes in the Gallowgate mark another step forward in the regeneration of this historic Glasgow area, and are especially notable given the community’s involvement in planning the development.

“I’m sure all those who will live in these new homes will enjoy living there as much as their neighbours in the first phase of the development do now.”

Most of the new homes will be for GHA tenants in the area whose homes are earmarked for demolition as part of GHA’s work with its partners to regenerate the city.

Tenants have also been closely involved in shaping the plans for the new homes, through the Gallowgate Delivery Group.

GHA Chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “This is a really exciting time for the Gallowgate as we enter the second phase of our new-build programme.

“Tenants are already enjoying life – and saving money on their fuel bills – in the 62 homes we built in 2013.

“These new homes will help us create a community people are proud to live in.”

As part of the contract with GHA, CCG will be providing jobs and training opportunities for local people.

Alastair Wylie, Chairman and CEO of CCG, said: “We are delighted to continue our ever-enduring partnership with GHA and Wheatley Group on what is a landmark project for the east end of Glasgow.

“Through our capabilities in off-site manufacturing and construction, these new homes will be delivered to the highest quality standard at faster speed of build whilst also offering enhanced levels of environmental performance.”

Transforming Communities: Glasgow was established in 2012 to oversee the delivery of eight priority regeneration areas across Glasgow.

The eight areas are North Toryglen, East Govan/Ibrox, Pollokshaws, Red Road, Sighthill, Barmulloch, Laurieston and Maryhill.

Work begins on 75 new affordable homes for Craigmillar

Cllrs Barrie and Cameron onsite with Calum Murray of CCG

Work has begun on 75 much needed new affordable homes at Greendykes in Craigmillar.

This follows yesterday’s budget meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council where councillors agreed to a £700m capital investment plan over the next five years to build new homes on sites across the city as well as modernising existing Council homes.

Greendykes is expected to be fully complete by spring 2019 adding to the over 250 affordable homes already being built as part of the wider regeneration of the area. In addition, the Council will begin construction of 194 homes, in the Spring, in a separate development in Craigmillar off Niddrie Mains Road.

Cllr Gavin Barrie, Housing and Economy Convener, said: “Yesterday’s budget approval reinforced our commitment to our ambitious house building programme to deliver 20,000 new affordable and low-cost homes over the next 10 years along with our housing association partners, making this one of the largest council-led housebuilding programmes in the UK.

“The project is an important part of the ongoing regeneration of the wider Craigmillar area and represents over £9m of investment. The new homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats, which will be available for mid-market and social rent from autumn 2018.”

Glasgow-based CCG (Scotland) Ltd is leading the build and have recently successfully completed a 94-home affordable housing project at Leith Fort, which was delivered for the Council and Port of Leith Housing Association.

The specialist construction firm has previously delivered The Schoolhouse, a 66 mixed-tenure home development and the Thistle Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Craigmillar as well as currently building a 111-home residential development for Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, which is set for completion this spring.

Calum Murray, director of CCG, said: “Since 2014, CCG has delivered over 450 mixed tenure homes in Edinburgh and we are delighted to continue our partnership with City of Edinburgh Council at Greendykes. CCG has been on site in Craigmillar since 2015 so we understand the needs and aspirations of the local community to provide quality, affordable housing. It is certainly an area that is benefiting from a sustained approach to development.

“Through our offsite construction capabilities, we will deliver the new homes faster, to a higher quality standard and with an enhanced level of environmental performance. We also have a commitment to supporting the surrounding community through the creation of job and training opportunities as well as supporting local charities.”

Since the end of last year site preparations have been taking place and work has commenced on laying the foundations and connections to the existing utility network with the first homes set to be begin construction in March 2018.

The Scottish Government has also contributed £1m of Scottish Government grant funding.

CCG appointed to new framework with Procurement for Housing


CCG has been appointed to a new kitchens and bathrooms framework managed by national provider Procurement for Housing (PfH).

PfH operates within the housing sector across the UK offering an extensive array of frameworks to RSL`s who are looking for a quick and cost efficient route to market for bathroom and kitchen installations.

The framework will be served by CCG’s expert planned maintenance division, CCG Asset Management, exclusively to members in Scotland covering the supply and installation of kitchens and bathrooms for new build housing, refurbishment and replacement.

Current and future PfH members are free to engage via direct award until 2021.

CCG Asset Management manager, Stephen Riley, said: “CCG Asset Management is delighted to be part of the PfH Kitchens and Bathrooms Framework, servicing its members across Scotland. At CCG we pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with best value and an unmatched level of experience in kitchen and bathroom installation contracts with over 3,500 undertaken in 2017 alone.

“We look forward to working with PfH in 2018 and beyond.”

Andrea Dickaty, procurement manager at PfH, said: “CCG (Scotland) Ltd have demonstrated their competitiveness and capability to deliver through the tender process, which has resulted in them not only being appointed to the framework, but being first ranked supplier for Scotland. We look forward to working with CCG and delivering some really positive results for Scotland’s social housing providers moving forward.”

Construction works start on new Edinburgh waste transfer centre

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has commenced work on the Seafield Depot Phase 2 project, a new waste transfer station and associated works in the North East of Edinburgh.

The Glasgow-based firm will deliver the waste transfer station adjacent to the existing Seafield Community Recycling centre at Fillyside Road, Seafield, on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

The new site, which will accommodate garden waste, dry mixed recycling, mixed glass and mechanical sweepings waste streams, is scheduled for completion in summer 2018. Once finished it will help service a further new waste treatment centre at Millerhill, Dalkeith, which is to become operational late next year.

CCG has extensive experience in the construction of industrial-commercial units, most recently completing a 37,500 sq. ft. facility for Clyde Gateway that is currently used as an operational hub for BT.

The new waste transfer station at Seafield will be a single story commercial building with a brick façade which will replicate the aesthetic of other commercial buildings in the surrounding area.

Inside the building there will be four bays for refuse, a single accessible toilet and a lobby.  There will be three pedestrian access doors on the north, east and south sides of the building. The works also include creation of new public access road from the Seafield Road.

Calum Murray, director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “CCG are delighted to start work on another project with City of Edinburgh Council. We have worked with the council for several years now ranging from large scale housing projects to planned maintenance. Our experience in the industrial-commercial sector is proven with various projects completed across Scotland and we look forward to bringing this experience in the development of the Seafield Depot.”

Transport and environment convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “The investment in a new waste transfer station at Seafield, to accompany the recently built depot, will help us to provide a more efficient and reliable service as well as providing our staff with modern working facilities. This development will also support our commitment to improve the city’s Waste and Cleansing service via the Waste and Cleansing Improvement Plan.”

Construction group announces 37 new trainees for 2018

The 2018 new starts

Scottish construction and manufacturing group CCG has finalised its commitment to young people in its training programmes for 2018 with 37 new entrants set to embark on a career path with the company.

The Cambuslang-based group is provides job opportunities and training and apprenticeship programmes. The business has 600 staff spread across a group of five companies comprising full construction, manufacturing, planned maintenance and mechanical and electrical servicing capability.

In 2017, CCG (Scotland) Limited – the contracting entity within the group – recruited 17 trade apprentices and 15 management, professional and administration trainees.  Building on this successful intake, CCG has committed to recruiting 15 trade apprentices and 16 management, professional and administration trainees, with 5 of the 16 commencing employment this month.

Johnnie Baillie, trainee assistant site manager, is one of the 2018 new starts. He will be based at a project in Craigmillar Town Centre – a 111 unit affordable housing development that is being constructed by CCG (Scotland) Limited on behalf of Dunedin Canmore.

Johnnie said: “I am delighted to have joined CCG (Scotland) Limited. The training programme will be a challenge but with the breadth of understanding I will get from such experienced professionals, there are no limits to what I can achieve in my career.”

The 2017 trade apprentice intake

Working alongside Johnnie, who will be assisted by a team of experienced CCG (Scotland) Limited professionals, will be an existing trainee assistant site manager as well as four trade apprentices.

In addition to those recruited by CCG (Scotland) Limited, the other companies within the group will recruit five trade apprentices and two management, professional and administration trainees in 2018.

Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG, said: “CCG foresaw changes to the construction industry a long time ago. We understood that our industry would one day become embroiled in a skills shortage that would be outstripped by an increase in demand post-recession. That is why we took the strategic decision to invest in our people, provide training and apprenticeship programmes, and always offer job opportunities where possible.

“Our commitment to retaining excellent standards is exemplified by the number of trainees we have taken on, bringing our total to 34 on top of the 71 trade apprentices employed across the CCG Group. We remain committed to offering opportunities for young people through a range of programmes as well as modern and construction apprenticeships and to anyone who wishes to take the next step in their career.

“This new intake of trainees will allow us to move forward in what will be one of our busiest years yet and I am confident they will do very well with CCG.”

Planning bid for 43 homes on former Dundee school site

Abertay Housing Association has unveiled proposals to deliver 43 new homes on the former site of a primary school in Dundee.

Detailed plans submitted to Dundee City Council’s planning department indicate that the homes, situated at the former Charleston Primary School on South Road, will be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes with two or three bedrooms.

There will also be cottage flats with ground-floor wheelchair provision, to ensure that those with additional needs are adequately supported.

Designed by Oliver and Robb Architects, the homes will be developed by CCG Scotland should the project receive the green light.

Staff from Abertay Housing Association held a consultation on the latest plans in November last year and said the proposals had been warmly received.

In a report included with the application, the firm said the new homes would be a good fit for the area due to its proximity to Charleston Community Centre and nearby shops and schools.

The report reads: “The development will provide 43 affordable dwellings of differing size and needs suitable for a varying demographic.

“The close relationship of community centre, library, shops, play areas and primary school all increase and justify the sustainability of the proposal.

“The proposals were met positively, with no objections raised by any visitors. The community generally welcomed the redevelopment of the site.”

Charleston Primary School was demolished after pupils were relocated to the new Camperdown campus in 2013.

Work starts on new affordable homes in Pollokshaws

CCG has started work on 42 energy- efficient affordable homes for social rent in Glasgow’s south side.

The off-site manufacturing specialist is working on behalf of Loretto Housing Association, a member of Wheatley Group, to build the new homes, consisting of a mix of flats, supported accommodation and houses.

The site, formerly occupied by the Shawbridge Street high-rise flats and a parade of nine shops, is situated within a short walking distance of Pollokshaws West Railway Station and Pollok Country Park.

Works commenced this January and the homes should take around a year to complete.

Pollokshaws is one of eight areas of Glasgow earmarked as a priority for regeneration by Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) a strategic partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and GHA.

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group director of regeneration, said: “These modern, spacious, high-quality homes will make a big difference to the quality of life of the people who live there. It’s an exciting time for Pollokshaws.”

CCG will deliver the new homes using its closed panel timber frame system that is manufactured in the bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility in Cambuslang.

Alastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “The Shawbridge Street project is one of many live examples of how CCG and Wheatley Group are working together to deliver on affordable housing targets across central Scotland. To provide homes that are more energy efficient is a key priority in this regard and CCG are pioneering this approach through sustainable construction methods.

“The use of our closed panel timber system will also reduce the impact of development on the densely populated area with a much faster speed of build than by traditional methods. “This, met with our expert construction experience, will ensure a swift delivery whilst ensuring quality as we begin the installation of the superstructure in early-2018.”

As part of Wheatley Group and CCG’s strategic partnership in delivering community benefit initiatives, various training and job opportunities will be available as a direct result of the Shawbridge Street project including trade apprenticeships and training, site-based job roles as well as work placements and curriculum support.

CCG OSM and Fjordhus partnership continues across UK

The completed Isle of Harris property

A partnership between Glasgow-based off-site manufacturing specialist CCG OSM and Galashiels timber frame contractor Fjordhus Ltd is set to continue in 2018 with its fourth project due on site in February.

Working collaboratively with parent construction company CCG (Scotland) Ltd and partners from across the industry, CCG OSM assists with the delivery of one-off villas to large-scale, urban regeneration schemes as well as commercial, care and education projects.

Through the utilisation of OSM’s iQ closed panel timber frame system, Fjordhus has been able to enhance its own offering in the self-build sector to create private homes for clients as far north as Skye and as far south as Southampton.

CCG’s iQ production line

The partnership is set to continue in 2018 with a 5-bedroom home in Edinburgh, a 4-bedroom home in Melrose, and a 6-bedroom home in Southampton set to be on site in January and a fourth project set to be on site in Hawick in February.

All of the developments will utilise the OSM iQ closed panel timber frame system for the construction delivered to specification stage 3. The wall panel solution will be delivered to site inclusive of insulation, windows, doors and pre-fitted electrical service provisions.

With components installed under factory-controlled conditions, Fjordhus are given assurance of right-first-time quality whilst the speed of manufacture and logistical flexibility brought by the use of the system ensures a faster speed of delivery and erection when on site, a key factor when taking into account remote geographical areas and external factors such as the weather.

Steven Earlie, CCG OSM managing director, said: “The CCG OSM closed panel timber frame system is manufactured to the highest quality standard offering efficiencies to Fjordhus during construction and to the homeowner with excellent environmental properties allowing for long-term savings on energy bills.

“Working with Fjordhus, clients across the UK are benefiting from the use of the iQ system due to the inherent advantages a panelised system brings to a construction programme. This is personified by a project that was recently completed in the Isle of Harris: with components pre-installed, ease of transport and a faster speed of erection, difficulties associated with a remote location are vastly reduced by removing the inefficiencies of the site environment.

“Combined with Fjordhus’ expertise, the contracts being delivered in 2018 will reap the rewards of off-site manufacturing and we look forward to seeing them coming to fruition later in the year.“

Off-site manufacturing investment pays off as CCG reports record turnover

_DSC5079 - CopyCCG (Scotland) Ltd is preparing for further growth after reporting a strong year with turnover exceeding £134 million – up 18% on 2016’s figures.

Profit before taxation at the Glasgow-based construction and manufacturing group also significantly increased on the previous year to over £4.3m.

Commenting on the group’s performance for the financial year ended March 2017, Alastair Wylie, chairman and chief executive of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “CCG has been in business for more than four decades and we continue to go from strength to strength because we are always innovating and staying ahead of the curve.

“We pride ourselves on being a quality construction business that can operate in all sectors of the construction industry. It has been extremely encouraging that we have again generated more than 25% of our turnover from non-housing projects.

“Housebuilding still remains at the core of our business and our contribution to this sector is a direct result of a £12m investment in our own Off-Site Manufacturing facility (CCG OSM) in 2012. This enables us to produce fully enhanced closed panel timber systems in controlled factory conditions before transporting to site for final installation.”

Phase 4 & 5 of the Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre

Phase 4 & 5 of the Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre

CCG OSM is the only facility of this scale in Scotland, with a 130,000 square foot production hall, capable of producing 3,000 homes per year.

CCG OSM also reported a significant increase in turnover for the latest financial year – up 15% on 2016 to over £12.7m.

CCG said it attributes its success to its staff, with training and investment in young people at the core of their ethos. In August 2016 the company recruited 16 trade apprentices which raised the number employed to 62 across bricklaying, plumbing and joinery. In addition in March 2017 the group had 19 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group representing over 10% of the group’s 650 strong workforce.

Further recruitment since March 2017 has resulted in the company now employing 71 trade apprentices and 31 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group.

Ellerslie Road in Yoker is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland

Ellerslie Road in Yoker is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland

Over the past year, CCG has worked on key projects including the final phase of 206 homes for the award-winning Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre for Sanctuary Housing. The company also went live on a 42 flat development on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, which through the use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland.

Alastair added: “There was a period this year when we were live on over 1,000 homes which is a fantastic achievement for the business. Our teams have been focused on developing new partnerships to support Scotland’s housing ambitions while our R&D division continues to explore new products and processes such as CLT which will enable us to enhance our offering in the delivery of flatted residential developments.

“To support our growth ambitions we also put the necessary divisional structures in place including launching our own building services and M&E division, Arc-Tech.

“2017 has been an incredible year for CCG and we look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Key Achievements 2016/2017 – Affordable Housing

  • CCG’s continuation of the award-winning Anderston Regeneration project commencing the final stage of the £50m Anderston Regeneration Masterplan on behalf of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association. The final phase, Phase 4 & 5, comprises 206 flats and is due for completion in 2018.
  • The commencement of construction works at Yoker, a 42-home residential development that is also being delivered on behalf of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association. Yoker is a leading example of CCG’s approach to research and development having being constructed entirely of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and is Scotland’s tallest timber building.
  • As part of the first phase of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan on behalf of Dunedin Canmore CCG is live on site building 111 new affordable homes.  Scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, the current phase of CCG’s development will consist of 53 new homes for social rent and a further 58 for mid-market rent. This builds on other work CCG has delivered in Edinburgh over the past three years, including the regeneration of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into ‘The Schoolhouse’, the creation of the Thistle Foundation Centre for Health and Wellbeing, the successful completion of 112 PRS flats at Lochrin Basin and 94 new affordable homes at Leith Fort.
  • Since October 2016 CCG has delivered 32 affordable homes for Perth & Kinross Council through the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) NH1 New Build Homes Framework. All of the properties – situated at Nimmo Avenue, Cairns Crescent and Gleanearn Road in Perth – were created using closed panel timber systems at CCG’s Off-Site Manufacturing centre in Cambuslang, with each of the developments securing a prestigious Silver standard of sustainability.

Key Achievements 2016/2017 – Care

  • This summer, CCG completed a £12 million care home and day centre in Paisley, near Glasgow on behalf of Veteran’s charities, Royal Blind and the Scottish War Blinded. The day centre is located adjacent to the 52 bed care home, with pedestrian links between the two buildings.  CCG was tasked with creating two spaces with a simple layout that would cater for the site’s visually impaired users.  The care home consists of two wings – one of which houses a sports hall and gymnasium while the second has a number of smaller rooms including a workshop, art room, kitchen and therapy room.  There is also a garden room where users can relax and connect with nature.
  • CCG is working to complete Abbotsford House Luxury Suites – a care home development delivered for Morrison Community Care Group in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. The luxury facility offers personal and bespoke services to residents offering 45 state-of-the-art private suites, 4 restaurants, private gardens and its very own cinema. Through the use of CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system, the entire building was fully wind and water tight in a construction period of just nine weeks. The luxury facility is due to launch this December.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Commercial

  • A new car showroom was constructed in Ayr for Park’s Motor Group, showcasing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. CCG used a steel frame and high-spec curtain walling for the build, which also includes panoramic glass frontage and open landscaping to the sides of the building. The showroom includes space for up to 12 vehicles with high-specification desk space for sales staff and a specialist workshop and parts department to the rear of the building. Jaguar Land Rover was completed in May 2017.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Student accommodation

  • In Autumn 2016 CCG completed a 237-bed student housing development in Orwell Terrace on behalf of Edinburgh Napier University. The accommodation offers students’ unrivalled access to local amenities and public transport, including links to some of the University’s campuses as well as leisure facilities and supermarkets all within 1,000m.

Key Achievements in 2017/17 – Education

  • CCG commenced works on three projects working in partnership with Hub West Scotland to deliver the new St Ninian’s Primary School, an extension to Moorfoot Primary School, and a new nursery in Greenock. All of the projects commenced this summer on behalf of Inverclyde Council and are due for completion in 2018.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – Developments

  • Glamis Road in Dundee has undergone a major transformation from a former brownfield site into a mix of 17 three and four-bedroom homes for private sale, with all building and sales directly undertaken by CCG. Nearby Blackwood House was also redeveloped by the construction firm on behalf of Blackwood Group into 6 two-bedroom special needs flats. CCG successfully sold all of the private homes – which were priced from £185,000 – within ten months of going on sale. Blackwood House, or otherwise known as the ‘Concept Home’, sits adjacent to the private homes and is one of Scotland’s most innovative amenity housing developments.

Key Achievements in 2016/17 – the CCG Group

  • As part of the City Legacy consortium, CCG won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the hugely successful Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, a project which was delivered on budget and on time.
  • Sixteen young people aged 16-19 commenced their construction apprenticeship programme with CCG in summer 2016. Each new start will undergo a four-year intensive training programme where they will acquire practical and theoretical skills before qualifying in their certified trade. A further 22 apprentices were taken on in summer 2017 and are involved on live CCG projects, with support and guidance from a site mentor – taking the total number of apprentices at the company up to 70 – more than 10 per cent of the company’s 650 strong workforce.