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Students told there is #nowrongpath to construction career on Exam Results Day

Jamie Nelson, Jenn Hood and Claire McArthur

Jamie Nelson, Jenn Hood and Claire McArthur

DYW Glasgow is promoting the variety of routes on offer to young people if they do not receive the results they were hoping for on Scottish Exam Results Day 2017.

The #nowrongpath campaign celebrates the many paths taken by people across Scotland who are now in interesting job roles, with a focus on the non-traditional routes out-with higher education.

Hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, DYW Glasgow is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between schools and businesses, with the hope of reducing youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

DYW Glasgow is asking people to post a photograph on social media today holding a sign with their name, what they did when they left school and what they are doing now. The campaign aims to show young people that there are a range of ways to access a variety of job roles – that there is #nowrongpath.

Many well-known faces across the city have already shown their support for the campaign including entertainer Fred MacAuley, as well as STV presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell.

Taking part in the campaign launch, Jamie Nelson and Claire McArthur are both individuals who have progressed in successful careers without going down the traditional route of higher education.

24-year-old Jamie, who is set to complete his four-year joiner apprenticeship with City Building this week, started his career in the army after leaving school, serving in Afghanistan in 2012/13.

Claire, now a Home Care Coordinator with one of Glasgow’s biggest employers, Cordia (Services) LLP, went straight into the workforce as a secretary at a law firm after leaving school and is now managing carers after 11 years in a similar position.

Alison McRae, senior director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Receiving exam results is a significant milestone in any young person’s life.

“It’s important that everyone is aware that there are many varied options to investigate in the workplace, as well as many routes to get into a job or kick-start a career.

“Developing Young Workforce Glasgow hopes to demonstrate just some of the great number of potential career choices and routes available through the #nowrongpath campaign.

“It is our hope that this helps to inspire and motivate the young people of our city as they receive this year’s results.”

City Building helps employees reconnect with nature

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Construction firm City Building created a buzz about nature when it hosted an open day featuring honey bees, frogs and birds of prey at its Glasgow premises.

The initiative was held at the company’s Darnick Street site on Friday 2nd June, in celebration of the United Nation’s World Environment Day.

The international awareness day, which will be marked globally on Monday 5thJune, seeks to highlight the many ways human behaviour can positively, and negatively, effect planet Earth.

Each year, organisers focus on one particularly pressing environmental concern and have chosen ‘nature’ as the theme for 2017. As part of the campaign, people from across the world are being urged to reconnect with their natural surroundings. They are being encouraged to spend time in the great outdoors and appreciate how much we depend on water supplies, ecosystems, fresh air and wildlife.

To assist with the global mission, City Building welcomed representatives from leading groups including the Woodland Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Home Energy Scotland, PlanBee, an organisation dedicated to safeguarding the UK’s honey bee population, and conservationist charity Frog Life.

The organisations were on hand to talk about the ways employees can contribute to worldwide environmental causes.  Employees were also given the chance to capture selfies with a real-life Harris hawk which was taking part in demonstrations in the yard.

In addition to visiting various exhibitions, the City Building team raised funds for the organisations with raffles and home baking stalls.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “As a business, we have a strong commitment to sustainable development which includes investing in green technologies and educating our workforce on how they can take steps to protect the world around us.

“Celebrating World Environment Day was a great opportunity to introduce our employees to the issues that we care about and to encourage them to play their part in taking a sustainable approach to both their jobs and lives.”

Warren Bader, founder and CEO of PlanBee said: “It is fantastic to see a big organisation like City Building embracing World Environment Day and taking meaningful steps to educate others on this incredibly important issue. The company’s commitment to sustainability is impressive. It was great to be able to meet the team to talk about the vital work we are doing at PlanBee to protect declining honey bee populations and highlight the many ways they can contribute to the cause.”

Construction firms embrace diversity at national conference

Siobhan Logue addresses attendees at the conference

City Building’s Siobhan Logue addresses attendees at the conference

The changing face of the construction industry was under the spotlight at Scotland’s first national diversity conference.

At the inaugural event, hosted this week by The Herald and GenAnalytics at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow, City Building operations manager Siobhan Logue spoke of her successful career at the firm in the traditionally male-dominated industry.

Siobhan left school aged 16 interested in a career in construction. After attending college, Siobhan began a four-year plumbing apprenticeship and once qualified, was given the opportunity by City Building to complete a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction Management.

With the practical skills to work on a construction site and the academic knowledge to move into management, an opportunity arose within City Building to undertake a trainee management course and progress through the company.

Siobhan, now fully-qualified, is managing the refurbishment and construction works of a number of Glasgow’s primary schools, including the £2.4 million Saint Brides Primary project, the £1.5m project at Langside Primary and £1.4m Holycross Primary School refurbishment.

Siobhan said: “I loved working on construction sites and seeing a project emerging from the ground to completion. When the opportunity arose to move to management, I had only been a tradesperson for two years. To take the course I had to take a drop in pay, but on balance felt the opportunities to progress would be better, and I would benefit in the future.

“Now, managing the primary school projects truly gives me fulfilment. Seeing the kids and teachers faces when they return to school after the holidays gives me a real sense of achievement.

“My journey is not unusual and as more women enter the industry, together, we can change male-dominated image of construction. With the support of City Building and through sheer determination I believe there is no limit to my future in City Building, and I would encourage any woman to consider a career in construction.”

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “Siobhan is a fantastic example of how people can progress at City Building, whatever their gender. We’re incredibly proud to be part of Siobhan’s development and will continue to work with her as she climbs the career ladder.

“We aim to build a sustainable future, which includes minimising the skills gap through training and welcoming anyone, male or female, interested in building a career in construction.”

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s delegation (from left) Kevin McMillan, Caroline Proctor, Willie Burns, Audrey Ross and Anne Kerr.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s delegation (from left) Kevin McMillan, Caroline Proctor, Willie Burns, Audrey Ross and Anne Kerr.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland also played a key role at the event as a team from the homebuilder joined the conversation which aims to recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion within business and the impact, as well as the potential, this can have on the communities and wider economy.

Discussion, debate and contributions included The Equality Agenda in Scotland, driving diversity through regeneration as well as the importance of recognising diversity within employment and skills.

A member of Taylor Wimpey’s Young Persons’ Forum – Anne Kerr, sales administrator for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland – took part in a Young Panel discussion around ‘What Diversity Means to Me’ giving members of the audience the opportunity to hear about the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion from a young person’s perspective.

Taylor Wimpey said that being involved in The Herald Diversity Conference recognises the importance the firm has placed on diversity and inclusion within its business and the opportunity that it creates for the wider housebuilding industry.

Anne Kerr of Taylor Wimpey participates in the 'What Diversity Means to Me - Young Panel Discussion'.

Anne Kerr of Taylor Wimpey participates in the ‘What Diversity Means to Me – Young Panel Discussion’.

Willie Burns, managing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, added: “Following our successful involvement in the inaugural Herald / GenAnalytics Diversity Awards last year, we are delighted to have extended our partnership with them to play a key role as sponsor and participant in Scotland’s first Diversity Conference.

“We aim to be an inclusive company which values people as individuals and creates a workforce that reflects the diversity of the local communities where we build new homes, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to play our role in embracing diversity and inclusion within businesses in Scotland.

“The conference has given us a great opportunity to be part of the conversation with other organisations that are as equally committed to diversity and inclusion as Taylor Wimpey and the positive benefits that they bring to our collective businesses.”

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland also confirmed it will once again be a key sponsor at this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards in October.

£3.7bn City Building and Wheatley joint venture officially launched

(from left) GHA chair, Bernadette Hewitt, Christopher Conn, apprentice joiner at City Building, City Building managing director, Graham Paterson, Nicole Woodburn, apprentice joiner at City Building, and Morag Johnston, executive director of financial services for Glasgow City Council

(from left) GHA chair, Bernadette Hewitt, Christopher Conn, apprentice joiner at City Building, City Building managing director, Graham Paterson, Nicole Woodburn, apprentice joiner at City Building, and Morag Johnston, executive director of financial services for Glasgow City Council

A new £3.7 billion joint venture (JV) between Wheatley Group and Glasgow City Council launched this week with a pledge to provide a modern, localised and even more efficient repairs and maintenance service to thousands of affordable housing tenants.

On April 1, Wheatley became a 50/50 joint owner with the local authority of City Building (Glasgow).

The JV will provide repairs and investment work to Wheatley’s Registered Social Landlords in the west of Scotland – GHA, Cube and Loretto – as well as the Group’s mid-market commercial housing subsidiary, Lowther Homes, and its property management company, YourPlace.

Bernadette Hewitt, chair of GHA, said the JV represented “an exciting opportunity to take the repairs and maintenance service to the next level”.

She added: “Tenant feedback has played a major part in shaping what will be a modern, more efficient service provided by locally-based repairs teams closer to their customers.

“The joint process review designing this new, improved service will ensure it is even better equipped to match and exceed customers’ needs and expectations.”

The JV, which will employ more than 2000 staff, will be responsible for Wheatley’s annual housing repairs budget of £33 million and annual investment budget of £27m, as well as carrying out £30m of repairs annually on behalf of the city council.

The GHA tenant chair added: “The launch of the JV is a very important milestone on our journey to achieving customer-service excellence.

“Customer research has shown consistently over many years the vast majority of tenants and factored homeowners appreciate the very good repairs service provided. Our aim in taking forward this JV with Glasgow City Council is to consolidate and further improve that customer satisfaction.”

Annemarie O’Donnell, chief executive of Glasgow City Council, said: “This ground-breaking partnership will build on the significant and positive impact City Building has already had on Glasgow over the last decade – delivering jobs, training and first-rate services for communities and tenants.

“We are securing 2,000 jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeships for at least 30 years, including work for people with disabilities, through the RSBi workshop. The deal also delivers a £180 million investment in training and skills.

“That is a huge boost for the whole city, its economy and its people.”

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said “The excellent skills, dedication and commitment of our workforce will bring added value to Wheatley Group customers.”

The JV will aim to recruit 60 apprentices per year over the next five years, with 35 of those apprentices coming from Wheatley communities.

Last month Wheatley and City Building launched a double recruitment drive for new apprentices, with Wheatley looking for 30 new Modern Apprentices and City Building taking on 60 trades apprentices.

Over 130 Glasgow firms in line to win City Building contracts

Graham Paterson executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Glasgow construction firm City Building is giving scores of city businesses the opportunity to achieve growth after appointing them as suppliers.

The company awarded 136 Glasgow-based firms framework sub-contractor status to supply more than 70 construction and trades services which range from ground investigation and demolition to joinery, heating and plumbing services and installation of micro renewables.

Each of the successful suppliers were subject to a detailed evaluation process, with their bids individually assessed by a team of 20 experts across eight separate divisions within City Building. Factors that were considered during the evaluation process included environmental sustainability, employment of apprentices and delivery of community benefits.

The firms have been awarded framework status for three years with the option to extend their agreements by up to 12 months. More than four fifths (82.5%) of the successful businesses are SMEs (small-medium sized businesses), potentially delivering a major economic boost to the Glasgow’s SME community.

The framework is part of City Building’s commitment to contributing to the Glasgow economy.

According to recent research, City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325 million across companies in the city. It also supports a total of 3,877 jobs in Glasgow and estimates that 73.5% of its supplier spend is placed with companies based in the city.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “We are extremely proud of the positive impact our supplier development activity has had on Glasgow SMEs, supported businesses and the third sector.

“Our new sub-contractor framework agreement will help us to continue to drive wealth and create employment opportunities across the city.”

The framework agreement has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland chair, Martin Little, who said: “Glasgow’s smaller businesses are extremely important and contribute significantly to the local economy, and public procurement can be a very effective way to help them grow and thrive.

“Our research shows that for every £1 spent with an SME, 63p was re-spent in the local area compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a larger business. This is why we have asked public sector agencies in Scotland to spend at least 10% of their procurement budget with local micro firms by 2020.

“While there is much more that could be done on public procurement and supply-chain development, this is good work from City Building. With the Glasgow City Deal’s £1.13bn investment in the pipeline, we want to see more local firms getting value from public spending.”

Councillors approve £3.7bn City Building ownership restructure

City Building 016Glasgow City Council has today agreed to share ownership of its construction business City Building Glasgow with Wheatley Group in a 50/50 joint venture worth £3.7 billion.

The partnership between Scotland’s largest council and the country’s biggest social landlord will secure thousands of local jobs over the next 30 years.

Under the deal, City Building will undertake all repair work for Wheatley’s social landlords in the west of Scotland including Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

As well as securing 2,000 jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeships over the next three decades, the joint venture will also sustain employment for disabled workers at City Building, which has returned over £50 million to the council since it was established 10 years ago.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is the biggest deal of its kind in the UK. When the joint venture was originally proposed, it was valued at £2.7bn over the next 30 years, however significant additional value has been identified as the detailed business planning has been undertaken and refined, with an additional £1bn of value created.

“A range of other significant opportunities have been identified in the expanded business plan – for example, RSBi, City Building’s specialist manufacturing division, which employs more than 260 local people, around half with disabilities, will undertake a range of additional work for Wheatley Group subsidiaries. Importantly, the JV will also invest £180m in training its people and improving skills over the 30-year period.

“The positive impact on our communities and on the wider Glasgow economy will be enormous. Securing 2,000 jobs and 2,000 apprentices is a fantastic legacy for the people of Glasgow, not to mention the thousands of tenants of Glasgow Housing Association who will enjoy an industry-leading range of services for many years to come.”

A shadow board will now be created and work will start on formally establishing the new 50/50 JV from 1st January 2017.

GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “Our priority is, and has always been, to ensure a first-class repairs and maintenance service for our tenants and factored homeowners and the new JV is the best way of doing this. We are pleased that plans are progressing well and approval for the joint venture by both Glasgow City councillors and Wheatley Board is an important milestone.”

The announcement follows a report last month by economic researchers the Fraser of Allander Institute which revealed that City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325m across companies in the city.

The 50/50 joint venture goes before Wheatley Board on December 14 for approval.

The joint venture’s business plan is calculated to be £93-£99m per annum over 30 years.

A further £23 million per annum of work will be carried out by RSBi, including current works from Glasgow City Council and additional opportunities within Wheatley Group’s new build programme, e.g. kitchens, timber kits, windows and door sets.

In addition, a further £6m per annum will be invested across the organisation in training.

City Building celebrates a decade of constructing economic growth in Glasgow

City Building 027A major new study by influential think tank the Fraser of Allander Institute has outlined the scale of City Building’s contribution to the Glasgow economy.

The report, which is published this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arm’s length contractor being established by Glasgow City Council, reveals that City Building supports a turnover of nearly £325 million across companies in the city.

The study confirms that City Building directly employs 2,253 staff – nine out of 10 of whom live in Glasgow – and supports a total of 3,877 jobs across the city. In addition, the £63m paid in salaries to City Building’s staff supports a total of £108.5m worth of wages in Glasgow.

According to the analysis, for every two jobs that City Building provides a further 1.44 jobs are created and for every pound paid in wages to City Building employees an additional 71p in wages are generated across the city.

Amongst other key findings are that one in eight construction jobs in Glasgow is provided by City Building and that the company accounts for almost 1 per cent of all jobs in Glasgow; directly employing one in every 120 people in the Glasgow workforce.

The report also examined the wider impact of the company’s socially responsible training and employment practices, community work and charity activities on Glasgow. Key findings include:

  • City Building has provided a total of 1,102 apprenticeships since 2007, with 94 per cent of apprentices completing their training compared with an industry average of 75 per cent
  • 70 per cent of the company’s time-served served apprentices found permanent work at City Building
  • Almost three fifths (58.9 per cent) of City Building employees are either qualified or working towards a qualification
  • City Building estimates that 73.5 per cent of supplier spending is placed with companies based in Glasgow
  • City Building employees contributed voluntary work worth an estimated £2 million in Glasgow in 2015

More than half of the 260 staff employed by Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), City Building’s manufacturing division, has a disability.

The report was carried out by Stewart Dunlop, research fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute, who said: “The key findings of this study are estimates of City Building’s economic and social impact on Glasgow.

“The results demonstrate that the company’s activity has a very considerable effect on employment opportunities in Glasgow, by creating jobs for a diverse range of people and providing the skills and training required to achieve economic growth in the construction sector.”

In February, the company agreed a 50/50 joint venture with the Wheatley Group, which will deliver £2.7 billion of new work. City Building estimates the deal will secure 2,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships in the Glasgow area.

Cllr Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “City Building makes a huge contribution to the council’s priorities – and the incredible work it has done to provide apprenticeships for young Glaswegians and supported employment for people with disabilities speaks for itself.

“What this new report from the Fraser of Allander Institute spells out is just how valuable this great business and its socially-inclusive approach to training and employment has become to the entire city.

“That’s something everyone at City Building can be very proud of – and something I expect to see go from strength-to-strength under the new partnership with the Wheatley Group.”

Trio of award wins for City Building

Celebrations at the Glasgow Business Awards

Celebrations at the Glasgow Business Awards

Glasgow-based City Building has been recognised for its people management practices with a trio of award wins in the last month.

The building contractor’s award cabinet has seen three new additions in the form of Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year, Public Sector Employer of the Year and a People Development Award. The company has been widely praised for its apprenticeship and training programs as well as its diverse and equal workforce.

City Building and Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) won the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award at the inaugural Herald Diversity Awards, for promoting equality diversity and inclusion. RSBi – the manufacturing division of City Building – designs and manufactures a wide range of high quality furniture for major construction contracts. More than half of its 260 staff have a disability, including sensory and physical disabilities.

RSBi collect the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award

RSBi collects the Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year award

City Building also received the award for the Public Sector Employer of the Year at the Skills Development Scotland Scottish Apprenticeship Awards and the Glasgow Business Award for People Development. The firm was recognised as the largest provider of apprenticeships in Scotland, while priding itself on treating each apprentice tradesperson as an individual.

City Building has trained more than 1,110 apprentices since 2007, some of them from Glasgow’s most deprived areas.

Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “To be recognised by three different awards bodies is a true triumph and a testament to our hardworking staff and apprentices.

“We take people development including training, diversity and equality extremely seriously across the business and the awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company’s emerging talent.”

City Building celebrates its talent at 10th annual apprentice awards

City Building ApprenticesCity Building has rewarded the tradespeople of tomorrow at its 10th annual Apprentice Awards which took place on last week.

81 apprentices from across all sectors of the business including, construction, administration, heating and painting and decorating were shortlisted for the awards at the City Chambers in Glasgow.

24 awards were handed out at the event which saw 2nd year apprentice painter and decorator Lisa Murphy named City Building Apprentice of the Year in addition to winning the 2nd Year Painter and Decorator award earlier in the evening.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy

Lisa (19) from Shettleston has had a successful year having already scooped the Trades House Modern Apprentice of the Year award and has made it through to the next stage of the prestigious Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year Awards having won the regional heat.

Speaking after picking up her brace of awards Lisa said: “It was great to be nominated for the award but to win is an amazing surprise.

“I’ve learned a lot working at City Building and have been given the opportunity to work on incredible high profile projects including the World Gymnastics Championships and the ‘Hello, My name is Paul Smith’ exhibition. Every day is different and I feel it’s given me the opportunity to gain more experience and learn new skills and techniques.”

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “The awards are a great chance for all of us at City Building to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by our company’s emerging talent and to have the apprentices’ families in attendance to experience their achievements adds to the excitement.

“Lisa is a prime example of the type of skilled young tradesperson that City Building is determined to develop and it is important that we take the time to recognise her and the other award winners for their achievements over the past year.

“We are very proud to support and develop anyone who demonstrates the drive and enthusiasm it takes to succeed which Lisa and the other apprentices recognised at the awards clearly have. I’m confident that they all have bright careers in front of them.”

The shortlisted apprentices were recommended by their managers and went through a rigorous interview process by the management team in order to be selected.

The judges selected Lisa as the City Building Apprentice of the Year for her capability and logical approach to tasks and attitude towards her job. They commented that she was very thorough and always produced an excellent standard of work.

Adam Gibbs and Kevin McCarron were also recognised on the night with special Life Long Learning awards for their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months.

Adam and Kevin entered the adult apprentice programme from City Building’s supported facility Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi). They are due to complete their apprenticeships later this year.

To top the celebrations off on the night, Clyde One DJ Grant Thomson presented City Building with a Gold Cash for Kids Corporate Patron disc in recognition of the company’s efforts to support and raise vital funds for Cash for Kids which aims to support the most vulnerable children in our communities affected by child poverty.

Wheatley Group to provide £30m housing boost for Glasgow

GHA chair Gordon Sloan joins tenant Nicola Blair and daughter Laila, and tenant John Traynor, chair of GHA’s local committee, and wife Rachel at Cathay Street in Milton

GHA chair Gordon Sloan joins tenant Nicola Blair and daughter Laila, and tenant John Traynor, chair of GHA’s local committee, and wife Rachel at Cathay Street in Milton

A Glasgow community is in line for a £30 million boost that will see more than 170 new affordable homes built and hundreds of existing houses upgraded.

Wheatley Group and two of its housing associations, GHA and Cube, are behind the major investment in Milton in the north of the city.

In the first phase of new housing, 70 homes for social rent will be built on empty land at Liddesdale Road. The homes, which include 21 amenity flats specially adapted for older people and seven for wheelchair users, are being brought forward by Cube with the £7.4m project being partly funded through a grant from Glasgow City Council. Contractor City Building (Contracts) is due to start work on the site in April.

GHA is meanwhile developing plans for 54 more new homes at Cathay Street in Milton. The £6m project is expected to start in 2017 subject to planning consent and grant approval from Scottish Government.

Outdated and unpopular flats in Scaraway Street, Shapinsay Street, Egilsay Street and Vallay Street will be demolished by GHA after more than 96 per cent of local people supported proposals for demolition. Local GHA staff are currently working with all the residents to help them move into new homes of their choice before the £1.3m demolition project begins.

Once the demolition at the Scaraway site is complete, GHA plans to build 50 more homes for mid-market rent on the site. Talks are also under way between Wheatley and Glasgow City Council on the wider regeneration of the area. This phase of the regeneration of Milton is expected to involve a further £6m investment.

As part of the overall £30m investment, GHA and Cube are also upgrading and modernising their existing homes in the area with GHA carrying out £9m of improvements over the next five years. Cube will also be installing new kitchens and showers in its homes in the area.

GHA chair Gordon Sloan said: “We listened carefully to people in Milton during a community consultation. What people told us was that many of the existing tenements are just no longer the kind of homes people want to live in. The new homes Cube and GHA will build, and the improvements to existing homes, will make a huge difference to the community and I look forward to seeing our plans take shape.”

Cube chair Liz Ruine said: “Cube is delighted to be playing its part in making Milton a better place to live long into the future. The new homes, particularly the amenity flats for older people will provide much-needed affordable housing for people in the area.”

Housing minister Margaret Burgess added: “I am pleased that Wheatley Group, as this latest significant investment illustrates, is delivering quality, sustainable affordable homes for tenants across Glasgow.

“Families in the Milton area will reap the benefits from these new environmentally-friendly affordable houses because they are easier to heat, helping to drive down energy bills and tackle fuel poverty.

“The Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to support similar developments, not only in Glasgow, but across the whole of Scotland.

“Our new target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years is bold, credible and affordable. This is a 67% increase in completed homes over the next five year period.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The creation of 170 new – and hundreds more refurbished – homes is great news for Milton.  I am particularly delighted with the building of new homes for older people.  All of this work reflects the huge number of new homes being built in the city just now.”

The new homes being built by Cube and GHA in Milton have been made possible through the issue of a £300m public bond on the capital markets by Wheatley Group in late 2014. The money raised is being used to help deliver 3000 homes across Central Scotland.