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Planning submitted for next phase of Pollokshaws regeneration

Urban Union - Pollokshaws daytimeGlasgow’s Pollokshaws area is a step closer to its next phase of regeneration after developers Urban Union submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council.

Developed with the assistance of architects and town planners Barton Willmore, the application includes plans for 137 residential properties, landscaping and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site.

The proposal aims to create an urban village on the site located between Shawbridge and Pollokshaws Road and will provide the area with much needed sustainable family homes.

If successful, the property mix will include 77 new homes including two, three, four and five bedroom terraced properties, as well as 60 one and two bedroom apartments.

Neil McKay, managing director, Urban Union, said: “Since purchasing the site at Pollokshaws earlier this year we’ve been working closely with architects and town planners, Barton Willmore, to create a robust planning application which meets the needs of the local area.

“Drawing on our experience at Laurieston in Glasgow and our sites in Perth and Edinburgh, we are confident our proposals will deliver high quality homes which combine superior architecture and urban design. We eagerly anticipate starting work on the site in 2018.”

The site, which formerly occupied high and low rise blocks, is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRA) in the city earmarked for regeneration as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC: G) programme, a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

TC: G’s programme aims to provide new sustainable mixed tenure communities through the provision of new housing, community facilities, green space and, where appropriate, commercial units.

Urban Union has already acquired the land and work is scheduled to start on the 5.74 acre site in summer 2018 for a period of around 36 months. The homes created will be a mix of terraces and apartments, with award-winning architects Barton Willmore leading the design on the project.

Head of Barton Willmore’s Architecture team in Scotland, Stuart Bishop, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Urban Union on the Pollokshaws development, further strengthening our design portfolio in Glasgow.

“Our team of architects, town planners and landscape architects have produced an extremely high quality design for a new urban village, which will provide a diverse range of private housing.

“It will offer a contemporary way of living, alongside vibrant public parks, with the added bonus of being a stone’s throw away from the superb Pollok Country Park.”

Various jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project, with Urban Union committed to providing employment opportunities for local people.

Glasgow Housing Association wins top European business award

Bernadette Hewitt

Bernadette Hewitt

Scotland’s largest social landlord has been awarded one of Europe’s most prestigious prizes for business excellence.

Glasgow Housing Association received the European Foundation for Quality Management’s 2017 Global Excellence Award at a ceremony in Madrid last week.

The award pitted GHA against top private, public and non-profit organisations, ranging from technology giant Bosch and a Polish automotive industry manufacturer to a renowned Austrian health care provider and a Turkish municipality.

GHA was one of three organisations who were presented with the Global Excellence award.

Bosch Group’s Blaichach/Immenstadt plant in Germany and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority also achieved the top prize.

GHA, part of Wheatley Group, was assessed earlier this year by a team of experts from across Europe.

The EFQM assessors spent a week analysing performance in all areas and interviewing everyone from Wheatley Chief Executive Martin Armstrong to housing and environmental staff.

GHA Tenant Chair Bernadette Hewitt received the award on Thursday night on behalf of GHA.

She said: “It is an absolute privilege to accept the Global Excellence Award on behalf of GHA’s 950 staff.

“To win alongside world-famous names such as Bosch, is quite incredible.”

She added: “I offer my warmest congratulations to GHA’s wonderful frontline and support staff and thank them all for the excellent work they do daily for tenants across Glasgow.”

Over 30,000 organisations across Europe have adopted the EFQM management framework.

To be considered for an award, organisations must have – like GHA – Five-Star Recognised for Excellence accreditation. GHA won the EFQM’s Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity award in 2013 and Building Organisational Capability in 2016.

Wheatley Group Chief Executive Martin Armstrong, said: “GHA has won a string of national and international awards over the years. This latest one tops the lot. It is welcome recognition for the passion and expertise GHA staff bring to their jobs every day and their ground-breaking ‘Think Yes’ attitude.”

Keepmoat named preferred housing developer for next phase of £250m Sighthill regeneration

Sighthill new 2Glasgow City Council has announced the appointment of Keepmoat Homes as its preferred developer for the provision of more than 800 new homes through the residential development at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city.

The residential development will feature 826 new homes (628 for sale, 198 for mid-market rent), as well as retail units and a commercial development over the next decade to complete the regeneration of Sighthill.

The new mid-market rent homes will be built by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and let and managed by GHA’s partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes, with the private homes, retail unit and commercial development being delivered through a development agreement between Keepmoat Homes and Glasgow City Council.

Sighthill 2When complete, the regeneration of Sighthill, the biggest such project in the UK outside of London, will deliver almost 1000 (141 new GHA homes are already built and occupied) new high-quality homes for sale and rent; a new community school campus; a new footbridge across the M8, creating a ‘street in the sky’ to connect Sighthill to the neighbouring city centre; a new road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill and Port Dundas; as well as improved parkland throughout the entire area, active travel routes to and from the city centre, allotments and public spaces.

Keepmoat Homes became the preferred developer after a competitive dialogue process, with two excellent final bids submitted in August before the final decision in late September.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm, said: “This is a historic day for Sighthill and Glasgow. The appointment of Keepmoat Homes as our preferred developer to deliver new homes, shops and a commercial development in Sighthill marks the next step for the regeneration of Sighthill. This area, immediately to the north of the city centre, has fantastic potential, and I am sure it will become an example of regeneration to follow in the years to come. I would like to thank all those organisations involved in the process, and I am delighted with the quality of the proposals put in front of us. This quality gives me great confidence in the future success of this project.”

Sighthill newTom Barclay, Wheatley Group director of property and development, said: “The new mid-market development helps us increase the supply of much-needed affordable homes in the city and will be a key part in the transformation of the area. It’s an exciting time for Sighthill and we’ll be working closely with the local community and our partners at the city council and the Scottish Government as the plans progress.”

Sighthill and Glasgow will also gain from this regeneration project through a community benefits programme from Keepmoat Homes that will deliver 62 new jobs through modern apprenticeships, graduates and new entrants; 45 new jobs on the construction project; support for 46 existing apprenticeships; and 82 work placements.

This community benefits programme will also involve education and training support; a commitment to a minimum value in sub-contracts to SMEs and social enterprises; events to support the supply chain; the support of 10 disadvantaged groups over a seven-year period; and a commitment to spending at least £20,000 on local engagement through community initiatives, digital inclusion and a local development trust.

Sighthill new 3At present, the most visible sign of Sighthill’s regeneration are the 141 modern, spacious, energy-efficient homes built by GHA in 2015, and the demolition of the high-rise blocks across the site.

Other key dates to note regarding key elements of the project include the imminent completion of remediation work; the delivery of infrastructure works – including new utilities, public realm and the public park – by late 2019; the building of a new community campus school by October 2019; the construction of a new road bridge across the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, to be complete by late 2018; and the delivery of the M8 pedestrian bridge by late 2019.

The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Starting orders for second phase of Laurieston regeneration

Laurieston Phase Two (1)Work is set to get underway on the next phase of regeneration at the award-winning Laurieston Living development in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Laurieston is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRA) in the city earmarked for regeneration as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow programme – a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

TC: G’s programme aims to provide new sustainable mixed tenure communities through the provision of new housing, community facilities, green space and, where appropriate, commercial units.

In Phase 2 a total of 173 private for sale homes will be built at Laurieston by Urban Union following planning permission being granted. The new development is expected to complete by early 2021 with the first residents able to move in from summer 2018.

Laurieston Phase Two (2)In the first phase at the Laurieston Living development, a total of 240 affordable homes were delivered for New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA), together with 69 private for sale properties. A further 55 affordable homes are currently being constructed for NGHA.

Laurieston Living is a £100 million revitalisation of the Gorbals area, with plans to deliver a total of four phases over a nine-year period.

Cllr Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council’s city convener for neighbourhoods and chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said: “The next phase of housing to be built in Laurieston will, I’m pleased to say, bring more high quality new housing to this neighbourhood. Laurieston is undergoing a tremendous transformation, with award-winning private and housing association homes being built in a great location close to Glasgow city centre.  I look forward to this next stage of the area’s regeneration bringing more benefit to the local community.”

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, added: “The first phase at Laurieston Living was a real triumph, and was Scotland’s largest ever grant-funded project for a single housing association grant.

“Hundreds of people are now enjoying the high quality accommodation, and with the next phase we will look to ensure that even more people can reap the benefits of Laurieston Living.”

Laurieston Phase Two (3)Urban Union – a partnership between Robertson Group and McTaggart Construction – is keen to ensure projects benefit the local landscape and community so the site features a Linear Park and a mix of accommodation, with potential for commercial opportunities and retail outlets.

The homes will be a mix of terraces and apartments, with architects Anderson Bell + Christie leading on the design.

Mark Sneddon at Anderson Bell + Christie Architects said: “The second phase will continue to build upon the successful transformation and regeneration of Laurieston.

“A restrained palette of bricks will be used to create a series of carefully detailed facades generating three interesting and well-articulated urban blocks. Phase 2 will also include the exciting first phase of a new Linear Park, providing quality outdoor space at the heart of the development, in line with the masterplan.”

Linda Malone, chairperson of New Gorbals Housing Association, added: “We are particularly delighted to see this crucial phase progressing because it will provide a fantastic new park, which the local community helped design, and other much needed amenities which will benefit all of Laurieston.”

Urban Union’s second project, launched in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes housing division, is in Pennywell, North Edinburgh.

The partnership is also working on a third development in the Muirton area of Perth, building 203 homes as part of the final phase of a regeneration project.

Urban Union seals deal to deliver over 130 homes in Pollokshaws

The Laurieston Living development delivered by Urban Union in the Gorbals

The Laurieston Living development delivered by Urban Union in the Gorbals

Glasgow’s Pollokshaws is set for its next phase of regeneration after developers Urban Union acquired land in the area.

Pollokshaws is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRA) in the city earmarked for regeneration as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC: G) programme, a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

TC: G’s programme aims to provide new sustainable mixed tenure communities through the provision of new housing, community facilities, green space and, where appropriate, commercial units.

A total of 137 homes for sale will be built on Shawbridge Street in Pollokshaws by Urban Union, the partnership behind the award-winning Laurieston Living development in the Gorbals.

Work is due to start on the 5.74 acre site in summer 2018 for a period of around 36 months. The 137 homes by Urban Union are part of a major mixed tenure regeneration project which has already seen GHA, part of Wheatley Group, build 140 new homes for social rent.

GHA has also refurbished 40 flats for mid-market rent in partnership with its sister organisation Lowther Homes. Loretto Housing Association, also part of Wheatley, is set to start work on a further 42 homes for social rent in the area.

Cllr Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council’s city convener for neighbourhoods and chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said: “Urban Union has a great track record in the city, having delivered a fantastic development at Laurieston TRA, and this is another investment in building the kind of vibrant and sustainable neighbourhoods that are transforming our city.”

Neil McKay, managing director at Urban Union, said: “Pollokshaws TRA has seen significant regeneration over the past few years and we are delighted to be delivering the next phase.

“Drawing on our expertise from Laurieston in Glasgow and other sites across Scotland, we will deliver high quality homes – combining superior architecture and urban design.

“As with our other developments, community engagement will be at the heart of our plans and we look forward to building relationships with the local community to ensure the homes we build are to the benefit of the people of Pollokshaws.”

The homes created will be a mix of terraces and apartments, with architects Barton Willmore leading the design on the project.

Various jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project, with Urban Union committed to providing employment opportunities for local people.

Glasgow to develop sustainable solutions to ageing infrastructure with €4.1m EU grant

Glasgow City CouncilMore than €4 million has been awarded to Glasgow City Council to develop sustainable solutions tackling issues such as fuel poverty, ageing infrastructure and air quality on its new smart street district.

The €4.1m EU Horizon 2020 programme grant will be used to develop initiatives, such as intelligent energy management systems, which make sharing of energy possible between the various buildings within Glasgow’s new smart street district, which runs from George Street, Duke Street and ending at the former meat market site.

Together with the University of Strathclyde, SP Energy Networks, Siemens, Transport Scotland, Tennents Brewery and Glasgow Housing Association, a package of innovative sustainability measures have been developed. This will involve the deployment of sustainable energy sources such as efficient heat networks, solar panels, urban wind turbines, and energy storage installations, along with energy efficiency improvements for local residents.

In addition to improving energy use in buildings, the project will enhance the provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure within the smart street area, and explore the opportunities around charging through renewable sources, energy management and support to the local electrical grid.

Councillor Anna Richardson, Glasgow city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “This funding from the European Commission will allow Glasgow to benefit from the use of sustainable technologies in tackling issues such as fuel poverty, ageing infrastructure and air quality.

“Cutting carbon emissions, tackling climate change and increasing access to affordable energy for city residents are key priorities.

“It will help create job opportunities and contribute to improving the quality of life for residents living and working in the smart corridor district.

“Glasgow is striving to become one of the most sustainable and resilient cities in Europe and harnessing renewable energy and securing future energy supplies for our citizens are a major part of that aspiration.

“With this official acknowledgement by the European Commission, Glasgow will continue its journey initiated by Sustainable Glasgow and Future Cities initiatives, maintaining our position as a leader in the development of sustainable and smart cities.”

Sighthill regeneration project ‘decades ahead of schedule’

A masterplan of the Sighthill regenration area

A masterplan of the Sighthill regenration area

The £250 million regeneration of Sighthill – the biggest such project in the UK outside of London – is “10 to 20 years” ahead of schedule, Glasgow City Council has said.

The regeneration of Sighthill forms a significant part of the work Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government have been doing to regenerate eight key areas of the city.

Jackie Harvey, lead project manager, told Glasgow Live: “Sighthill is already starting to change dramatically and that will continue over the next couple of years.

“The work we are doing will clean up a lot of the site and effectively put in a neighbourhood.”

Planning permission has already been granted for up to 650 new homes, a new community campus school, commercial facilities and a public square.

A road bridge linking the area to north and west Glasgow will be completed next year.

Flats plan for former Glasgow stable building

Bell St Development MFGA stable block which was home to dozens of working horses in Glasgow is to be turned into flats for mid-market rent.

GHA, part of Wheatley Group, is behind the multi-million pound plans which will save – and breathe new life into – the Bell Street Stables in the Merchant City, a category B-listed building on Historic Environment Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Designed in the late 19th century, the building was home to the horses which pulled Glasgow City Cleansing Department’s refuse collection carts, as well as the city’s police horses.

GHA’s plans, which will create 52 flats, will involve restoring the existing façade and see the original stable dividers from the upper floors transformed into cycle-storage areas.

Staircases to the upper floors will replace the original ramps which were climbed by the horses after a days’ work, and the internal cobblestone flooring will be lifted, with much of it used to re-surface the outdoor courtyard area.

CCG (Scotland) Limited will be the contractor on the project, which has received more than £2 million of grant funding from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.

GHA’s director of regeneration, David Fletcher, said: “This project will bring great quality, much-needed affordable homes to the city centre, while bringing new life to an historic Glasgow building.

“We’re looking forward to embarking on our exciting plans to create modern, energy-efficient homes that fully respect and pay tribute to the building’s history.”

Planning approval has been granted and work is expected to start on-site in spring 2017. The plans have been developed in partnership with Collective Architecture, Scott Bennett Associates and Martin Aitken Associates.

Once completed, the flats will be available for mid-market rent and managed by Lowther Homes, also part of Wheatley Group.

Red Road flats were ‘too tough’ to be demolished, report finds

The demolition of the last remaining Red Road flats in Glasgow that left two tower blocks partially standing had failed because they were built with steel and were “too tough” to be demolished, a report has found.

An independent review of the demolition last October found that contractor Safedem used “good practice” during the process but “underestimated the robustness” of the buildings.

The top half of two of the six iconic towers remained standing at a slight angle after the bottom halves were destroyed.

Following the failed demolition, the towers were brought down using high-reach machinery.

The delay meant that many of the 2,500 residents evacuated for the demolition returned home around an hour later than previously scheduled.

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), which ordered the demolition as part of plans to regenerate the area, apologised at the time saying the process “did not go completely to plan”.

The technical report into the incident by civil and structural engineering firm Scott Bennett Associations, which was commissioned by GHA, found that the structures were built with steel frames, meaning they were less likely to collapse.

It said the Safedem employed an “extremely experienced explosives engineer” who was a “recognised expert” in the field and carried out demolitions around the world and added that the contractor was right to “err on the safe side” and faced “exceptional difficulties” in predicting how the “unique” buildings would react to the demolition.

It meant that the actual size of the steel columns which formed the spine of the towers was unclear.

The report, released under Freedom of Information legislation, stated: “The partial collapse of both 123 Petershill Drive and 10 Red Road Court were due to the variances in their construction and the exceptional difficulties in predicting the behaviour of these unique buildings.

“In this instance, Safedem had carried out detailed surveys and noted a number of discrepancies between the surveyed buildings and the design drawings and therefore appear to have followed good practice.

“Bearing in mind these discrepancies, it would have been reasonable for their designers to take a cautious view of the structures and err on the safe side, regarding pre-weakening.”

The report noted that the use of steel frames in residential structures was “relatively uncommon” in the UK and that such buildings “do not crush under impact from the debris above and tend to be more robust.”

David Fletcher, GHA’s regeneration director, said the association’s plans to clear the area by late 2017 were “on track”.

He explained: “Once cleared, the area will be turned, short-term, into a safe and attractive green space for the community while plans for housing and amenities are brought forward in phases. “We’ve consulted with local residents at community events and their views are helping shape the future regeneration plans.”

Plans approved for 152 new GHA homes in Ibrox

GHA IbroxGlasgow Housing Association (GHA) has been given the green light to build 152 homes in the Ibrox area of the city.

The development will see 116 socially rented homes and 36 homes for mid-market rent constructed on a currently derelict site bounded by Broomloan Road, Skene Road and Paisley Road West. The site has been lying empty for the last decade since the former GHA tenements there were demolished.

Concerns had been raised about the loss of green space in the area, the increase in traffic brought about by the development and the design and colour of the buildings not being in keeping with others in the area.

Despite this, the plans were unanimously approved by Glasgow City Council’s planning committee this week.

David Fletcher, GHA’s director of regeneration, told the Evening Times: “We’re looking forward to work starting on these new homes, which will make a big difference to the area and to the quality of life of local residents.

“These modern, spacious homes will also be highly energy-efficient, which means tenants will save money on their fuel bills.

“We’ll keep the community fully involved and work with our partners at the city council and the Scottish Government as the plans move forward.”

Work is due to start by the end of the year with completion scheduled for 2018.