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Glasgow Housing Association takes delivery of new sustainable homes from CCG

The first of 51 new social houses have arrived on site in Glasgow’s south side as a new development being delivered by CCG (Scotland) Ltd on behalf of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) progresses.

The development, which is situated at Tarfside Oval in South Cardonald, will consist of 21 storey flatted blocks, 12 semi-detached and terraced houses and 18 cottage flats. Five of the new homes will be fully wheelchair accessible and all will benefit from landscaped courtyards and cycle storage facilities.  

Due for completion in December 2018, the development is within easy walking distance of local shopping amenities at Paisley Road West, as well as bus and train links.

GHA is part of Wheatley Group which is building thousands of new affordable homes in communities across Central Scotland.

Wheatley regeneration director, David Fletcher, said: “It’s good to see the first homes take shape at our new development in Tarfside Oval. The homes are part of the regeneration of the area and will provide quality affordable housing for local people.”

Glasgow-based manufacturing and construction firm CCG (Scotland) Ltd, which specialises in producing environmentally efficient homes using off-site construction methods, is leading on the new development.

Calum Murray, director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “The Tarfside Oval project has progressed well since we arrived on site in early January. We are using our own timber frame system for the build, a system that is precision-engineered to ensure quality and improved environmental performance when compared to traditional methods. Met with the use of solar panels, the development will achieve an Ecohomes ‘Very Good’ rating upon its completion.

“The first homes began construction in early April and we expect to have the entire development fully constructed, wind and watertight by the end of July.”

CCG and GHA are currently live on several housing projects across the city with over 140 homes under construction in addition to supporting a number of training and apprenticeship opportunities and local community projects.

Agreement signed to deliver more than 800 homes in Sighthill

A masterplan of the Sighthill regenration area

Glasgow City Council has now signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the city’s Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA).

The £250 million Sighthill TRA is the biggest regeneration scheme of its type in the UK outside of London. 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.

The new mid-market rent homes will be built by GHA and let and managed by its Wheatley Group partners, Lowther Homes. The private homes, retail unit and commercial development are being delivered through a development agreement between Keepmoat and the council.

When complete, the regeneration of Sighthill will deliver almost 1,000 new homes for sale and rent (141 new GHA homes are already built and occupied) as well as a new community school campus; a new footbridge across the M8 connecting 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 and active travel routes to and from the city centre.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said the agreement is another milestone in the regeneration of Sighthill.

He added: “The transformation of the area will serve as an example of what can be done in urban regeneration, with the creation of a fantastic neighbourhood immediately beside the city centre. We can now anticipate this work starting and being able to watch the skyline of both Sighthill and Glasgow change over the years. I look forward to working with all our partners on the Sighthill TRA on this exciting project for Glasgow.”

GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “This is a monumental milestone in the transformation of Sighthill. GHA is really proud to be a partner in this transformation and as part of this next phase we’re building almost 200 homes for mid-market rent. The first phase of regeneration saw 141 new GHA homes for social rent built in 2015. Tenants in these high-quality, spacious modern homes are already saving money on their bills and enjoying a better quality of life as a result. It’s a really exciting time for the area.”

Work on the second phase of the Sighthill regeneration project

James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said: “Sighthill is a flagship development for Keepmoat Homes. We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association on this exciting regeneration programme and we will employ the greatest effort and care to ensure that the ambition of Transforming Communities: Glasgow is fulfilled and, as such, create an exciting, rich and desirable place to live, work and play. The development of Sighthill has the potential to further contribute to the city’s success story with a new, sustainable community, close to the city centre and unrecognisable from its current landscape. We are committed to delivering wider community benefits as part of the programme which will include the creation of apprenticeships and jobs in the area and work with local community projects.”

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.

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.

How two housing projects are transforming communities in Glasgow

Representatives from ENGIE and the Wheatley Group with volunteers at Fun Stars, children and staff at Ibrox Primary School and the manager of The Coming Home Veterans Group

More than £18,000 has been invested into nine community enterprises as part of two major regeneration projects in Glasgow.

ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) has been appointed by GHA to deliver new affordable housing in Milton and Ibrox where there is an obvious need to provide practical support for local social enterprises, third sector organisations, community groups, volunteers and charities.

In Milton, ENGIE is delivering a £6.1 million project on Cathay Street, which will provide 54 new affordable homes for GHA. Local groups benefiting from ENGIE’s community investment include Ashgill Recreation Centre (£2,000), Castlebay Tenants Halls (£1,500), Milton Bank Primary School (£1,900), Love Milton (£1,500) and Lambhill Stables (£1,500).

Across the City at Ibrox, ENGIE is also delivering a £7.2m project providing 65 new flats for affordable and mid-market rental for GHA/Lowther Homes at the base of the iconic Ibroxholm Oval multi-storey block at the head of Edmiston Drive. Through its work in the local community, ENGIE has been able to invest in further worthy causes such as Clyde Community Hall (£5,200), Fun Stars (£1,000), Coming Home Veterans Group (£2,000) and Ibrox primary school (£2,200).

Representatives from ENGIE and the Wheatley Group with children and teachers at Milton Bank Primary School

The work and investment undertaken in Ibrox is particularly welcome in the run up to the finalisation of plans for the Ibrox/East Transformational Regeneration Area, a strategic investment and regeneration priority for Transforming Communities: Glasgow.

Alan Burton, divisional construction director for ENGIE, said: “Our passion is building and connecting strong communities and our work with GHA and Lowther Homes provides an opportunity to positively support the community and neighbourhood organisations in the areas that we are working.

“Adding social value and investing in communities is one of our key drivers which we deliver through a dedicated local management team that is always looking at opportunities to support local businesses, enterprises, groups, individuals and charities. Each beneficiary in Milton and Ibrox was thoroughly deserving of investment and we hope our modest contribution goes some way to meeting the needs and aspirations of these local communities.”

Construction work on Cathay Street is due to complete in July 2018; while Ibrox is scheduled for completion in September 2018.

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.”