Ardenglen Housing Association to deliver top class homes for Castlemilk

How the new homes from Ardenglen will look (Image courtesy of ARM Architects)

Families in Glasgow’s Castlemilk are in line for £3.6 million housing boost after a major new housing development was announced.

Twenty two new homes are to be built by Ardenglen Housing Association bringing much needed new housing to the community.

The homes will be built on the vacant site of the former St Martin’s Primary School playing fields in Ardencraig Road.

Ardenglen has hailed the announcement as “great news for the community”.

Chief executive Audrey Simpson said: “Everyone will welcome this exciting new development of homes – it is just what the community needs. Ardenglen Housing Association is deeply committed not just to making our communities great places in which to live but to building new homes which people really want.”

The new housing has come about with generous financial assistance in the form of grant funding from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government of just over £2m. The rest is being funded by borrowing by the Association. The development will consist of 15 one, two and three bedroom flats, four two-bedroom houses and three wheelchair-accessible flats.

Audrey added: “We are very grateful to Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government who share our vision of creating affordable new homes and are helping to fund this development. We are all working together to bring real benefits to the communities we serve.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “This new development will see yet more homes that suit a wide range of people coming to Glasgow – a welcome trend that we now see regularly in the city. In this case, I am especially pleased to see the site of a former community asset being used to bring these 22 new homes to Castlemilk.”

The construction work, to be carried out by McTaggart Construction, is expected to begin in the autumn and take around a year to complete.

Wheatley secures £185m in landmark EU deal to build and improve homes

(from left) GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt, EIB vice president Jonathan Taylor, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Wheatley Group Board member Jo Armstrong

Wheatley Group has unveiled £185 million of new funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help build and improve thousands of affordable homes across Scotland.

The landmark deal was announced in Glasgow yesterday by EIB vice president Jonathan Taylor at a community event attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and tenants, staff and apprentices from across Wheatley, along with local politicians and business, community and social housing leaders.

The new financial support takes the amount of funding raised by Wheatley in the past four years to £800m and comes in the week the group was confirmed – for the second year running – as the UK’s largest builder of social-rented homes. Wheatley is progressing an ambitious building programme, from 2015 through to 2025, of 7500 affordable new homes from Balloch and Dumbarton through Glasgow, West Lothian and Edinburgh to North Berwick.

The EIB loan, by far the largest of its type made in Scotland, is linked to a commitment by Wheatley to invest £400m over the next three years in affordable housing. This also includes refurbishing existing homes to meet new Scottish and EU energy-efficiency standards, helping tenants cut energy bills, and housing and integrating refugees into Wheatley communities.

Nicola Sturgeon with apprentices from Wheatley Group and its partner organisation, City Building (Glasgow)

Wheatley chair Alastair MacNish said: “This loan is fantastic news for people and families across Scotland and is a huge vote of confidence in Wheatley and our unyielding commitment to affordable housing.

“It will help us to consolidate our position as the UK’s largest builder of social-rented homes, which we hold close as a badge of honour at a time when the availability and supply of affordable housing is such an acute priority.”

Speaking at the funding announcement at the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre in Gallowgate, Glasgow, where GHA, part of Wheatley Group, is building 143 homes, Jonathan Taylor, EIB vice president, said: “New investment in social housing is crucial to increase the number of affordable homes and cut heating bills in existing properties. The European Investment Bank supports social housing investment with leading housing associations across Europe and is pleased to back transformational investment here in Scotland by Wheatley, the largest housing association in Scotland and the largest builder of new social housing in the UK.

“This week’s visit to Glasgow provides a valuable opportunity to see how upgrading existing properties and construction of new social housing will improve lives, create skilled jobs, benefit local suppliers and cut heating bills in homes for hundreds of families.”

Jonathan Taylor, Amy Rigby, Nicola Sturgeon and Kyle Wilson

Wheatley has completed almost 1900 homes over the last three years and is building or planning up to 3000 more on 60 sites across Scotland. The new £185m EIB loan, along with future investments, will enable Wheatley to maintain a building programme of around 650 homes a year from 2021 to early 2025.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Ensuring people have access to quality housing is a fundamental part of building a fair and equal society. That is why we have committed to deliver at least 50,000 new affordable homes in the five years to 2021.

“Wheatley Group is vital in helping us achieve that, having delivered almost 1,900 new affordable homes across Scotland over the past three years and the additional funding from the European Investment Bank will help them build on this. It is also another reminder of how Scotland benefits from the EU and its institutions.”

Wheatley has completed almost 1900 homes over the last three years and is building or planning up to 3000 more on 60 sites across Scotland. The new £185m EIB loan, along with future investments, will enable Wheatley to maintain a building programme of around 650 homes a year from 2021 to early 2025.

Wheatley chief executive, Martin Armstrong, said: “The EIB loan enables us to expand our ambitious building programme further in support of Scottish Government’s More Homes Scotland agenda.

“But it is about so much more than simply bricks and mortar. Wheatley’s mission is to make lives, not just homes, better. This wonderful investment by EIB will enable us to do just that.”

Over the last decade, the European Investment Bank has provided more than £4 billion for transport, education, social housing, transport, water, energy, urban regeneration and new hospital investment across the Scotland, with additional investment from UK wide programmes.

BAM breaks ground at ‘landmark’ Atlantic Square development

Representatives from BAM TCP Atlantic Square and HM Revenue & Customs gathered at a ground breaking ceremony at Atlantic Square celebrating a major new investment and landmark buildings for Glasgow.

Dougie Peters, managing director of BAM Properties, welcomed Fiona Wallace and colleagues from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to view the progress of construction work which is now well underway.

Situated in the heart of the International Financial Services District, HMRC is to lease the ten storey new building which features 187,205 sq ft of office space for a minimum of twenty years. The Grade A building will accommodate some 2, 700 full time equivalent employees by the end of 2021 and is one of the 13 new HMRC regional centres.

A joint venture  between BAM Properties and TCP Developments Limited, forward funding for HMRC’s building has been provided by Legal & General on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality, long-term UK assets.

The building, which will feature the retained facade of an A-listed former warehouse buildings built by pioneering retailer, William Whitley in the mid nineteenth century, will be designed by BAM Design and built by BAM Construction.

Dougie Peters, managing director of BAM Properties, and Fiona Wallace, regional implementation lead at HMRC, at the ground breaking ceremony for Atlantic Square

The pre-letting of Building 1 at Atlantic Square has enabled the developers to speculatively build and fund Building 2, which will provide 96,650 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation ready for occupation in autumn 2020.

Dougie Peters added: “Using the latest technology we’ve been able to virtually show our HMRC colleagues the building in great detail but nothing beats the experience of viewing the site first-hand. Piling is well underway and you can now start to see the building take shape.”

Fiona Wallace, regional implementation lead at HMRC, said: “This significant milestone in the Atlantic Square development is the result of months of planning and preparation. When it is built, the new building will mean our staff can work in a modern and bright environment and work collaboratively with other teams, to increase our effectiveness in collecting taxes.

“The building work is just the beginning of cementing HMRC’s presence in Scotland to create a tax authority fit for the future.”

Sanctuary investment develops homes and local workforce

(from left) Calum Murray (director – CCG), Cllr Rashid Hussain, Pat Cahill (director – Sanctuary Scotland), Thomas Burrows (apprentice – CCG), Richard Smith (plumber – CCG), David Paterson (apprentice – CCG), Humza Yousaf MSP, David McMahon (site manager – CCG)

Local residents are building careers thanks to a £27 million housing project in Glasgow.

The 178 houses being created by Sanctuary Homes in Nitshill are giving community members a chance to progress.

The properties in Newfield Square also address a shortage of affordable family housing.

Plumber Richard Smith is helping Sanctuary transform Newfield Square, having lived on the old site for 12 years.

The former apprentice, 36, now stays a short walk away and has four apprentices under his wing.

Richard, of Sanctuary’s site contractor CCG Scotland, said: “I grew up here so it’s great to see Newfield Square being redeveloped.

“I’ve now been with CCG for 17 years and it’s projects like this that help sustain careers in the construction industry.

“I started out on a Sanctuary project and Newfield Square is giving other youngsters that same opportunity. It’s great to see the group at Newfield Square get on and build a better future for themselves.”

Sanctuary’s site in Newfield Square, Glasgow

Bricklayer Thomas Burrows and plumber David Paterson are two of 13 CCG apprentices building Sanctuary homes for sale and rent. Thomas, 19, of Nitshill, was offered his apprenticeship last summer after completing a year at college.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director – development, said: “We are delighted to work with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to bring high quality housing to Nitshill.

“Sanctuary projects have helped hundreds of young people get a foot on construction’s career ladder. The progress made by Thomas, David and the others is fantastic and shows the hugely positive impact our investment can have on local housing and employment.”

The 92 homes at Newfield Square for social rent will include four-bedroom houses and wheelchair-accessible bungalows.

Ten 2-bedroom houses being built for a Glasgow City Council low-energy home pilot project will be available for mid-market rent.

Of the 76 houses available to buy through the Scottish Government’s new supply shared equity scheme, 16 have been reserved already.

Following a visit to see how the project was progressing, Humza Yousaf, MSP for Pollok, said: “This area really needs that regeneration and Sanctuary is putting its money where its mouth is.

“I’m impressed with the speed at which the houses have gone up and impressed with the quality as well.

“There are a large number of apprentices and I’m delighted to see so many from the local area. This development and the affordable housing options it offers will greatly benefit my constituents.”

CCG director, Calum Murray, said: “Working with partners such as Sanctuary allows us to continue to deliver job and training opportunities to young people and we are delighted to do this at Newfield Square.

“Job creation and training is just as important as the provision of new homes in creating a legacy for local communities.”

£100m retail-led investment plan to rejuvenate Glasgow’s waterfront

Glasgow Harbour could be transformed into a shopping outlet and leisure space under new £100 million plans submitted to the city council.

Peel Lifestyle Outlets has lodged an Approval of Matters Specified in Condition planning application for a “transformational” 350,000 sq ft mixed-use development at the site.

The investment aims to deliver a new waterfront destination on the river Clyde along with thousands of associated retail and construction jobs, revitalising a key gap site.

The Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet will include retail space, restaurants and cafes, a waterfront promenade, a new cinema, gym, family leisure facilities, public square and event space.

Planning Permission in Principal was granted in 2008 to rejuvenate the 74-acre site, which is located within the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration Programme. An Approval of Matters Specified in Condition planning application has been submitted by Glasgow Harbour Ltd on behalf of Peel Lifestyle Outlets – a division of Peel Land and Property Group.

Jason Pullen, Peel Lifestyle Outlets’ managing director, said: “Shopping has evolved to become a major leisure activity. We are creating the next generation of outlet destination by delivering a balanced combination of exciting leisure and entertainment with a strong retail offering. Our Lifestyle Outlets are 4th generation outlets and far removed from soulless factory outlets. Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet will have a multi-generational appeal, as operators are supported by events, activities and performance space.

“The initial £100m investment, as well as delivering crucial construction and retail jobs, represents the next step in fulfilling the Glasgow Harbour masterplan and we’re excited to bring more life back to Glasgow’s Clydeside.”

Overall, it is estimated that the Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet could generate gross GVA of around £45m per annum within the local economy once complete. The development will create much-needed employment during construction and deliver a further 2,000 retail and leisure jobs when complete in 2021, according to a recent report by Amion Consulting, an economic impact consultancy.

The report also details the scheme has potential to generate up to 5 million additional visits per year, generating further economic benefit for the wider economy.

Steven Underwood, chief executive of The Peel Group, said: “The Peel Group is excited to be creating a major retail, leisure and tourism destination on the Clyde which will complement, support and enhance the surrounding area. We’re looking forward to creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities for the people of Glasgow.

“Over the past decade, we have invested over £850 million in major projects across Scotland, creating 5,500 jobs and 3,500 homes. I’m proud to say Glasgow Harbour Lifestyle Outlet will take Peel’s commitment in Scotland to more than £1bn and we look forward to continuing our positive working relationship with the city.”

The first phase of the Glasgow Harbour masterplan was completed by Peel Group in 2008 and involved the construction of 1100 apartments on the site of the former Meadowside Granary, which was demolished in 2002. The Glasgow Harbour Masterplan involves a substantial investment in infrastructure, the creation of hundreds of waterfront homes, retail and leisure opportunities, as well as a commercial district.

Cranes arrive on site to begin dismantling Glasgow School of Art

Dismantling works at the fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art is to begin as soon as possible following the arrival of cranes on the site.

Over the weekend, work to assess the condition of the Mackintosh Building continued with further drone footage of the building collected by the school’s engineers David Narro Associates and contractors Reigart.

Preparation work for the managed dismantling of the elements of the building that have been deemed dangerous got underway yesterday.

The main crane has been relocated to the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Dalhousie Street and a second crane is expected to arrive on site today.

A spokeswoman for the art school said: “The Glasgow School of Art’s expert structural engineers, David Narro Associates, and contractor, Reigart, have prepared the methodology for the work which needs to be undertaken on the Mackintosh Building.

“This has been shared with Glasgow City Council building control and Historic Environment Scotland.

“Over the weekend work to assess the condition of the Mackintosh Building continued with further drone footage collected. Meanwhile, preparation work for the managed dismantling of the elements of the building that have been deemed dangerous got under way, on schedule, (yesterday).”

The spokeswoman added: “The main crane has been relocated to the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Dalhousie Street, and a second crane is expected to join it (today).

“The work to begin dismantling the south façade will start as soon as possible following approval of the methodology by Glasgow City Council building control.

“The cordon for the whole site, which includes the O2 ABC and Jumpin’ Jaks, remains under the control of Glasgow City Council.”

The fire on 15 June was the second to hit the grade A-listed building, which was undergoing a multi-million pound restoration, following a smaller blaze in May 2014.

Glasgow School of Art and Kier conclude Mackintosh restoration deal

The Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction have agreed to end the current contract to restore the Mackintosh Building with immediate effect following the recent devastating fire.

In a joint statement both parties said that the current contract “could no longer be fulfilled or completed”.

Appointed to the £25 million contract in June 2016, Kier was charged with providing full construction management services to deliver the entire restoration project following the first fire at the historic building four years ago. The contractor was responsible for co-ordinating the stone, joinery, electrical, decorative and all other aspects of the main reconstruction.

Working in partnership with the GSA, Kier appointed and managed teams of craft specialists who undertook highly specialist aspects of the restoration including stained glass, lighting based on original designs, and the unique pulse mechanisms of Mackintosh’s slave and studio clocks.

The joint statement read: “Following the fire on 15 June, The Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction Limited confirm they have jointly concluded that the current contract for the Mackintosh Building restoration will end with immediate effect. Both parties agreed that the current contract could no longer be fulfilled or completed.

“Kier Construction Limited was appointed in June 2016 as main contractor to deliver the works for the restoration of the Mackintosh Building. At contract award the value was circa £25m and the works were scheduled for completion in January 2019.

“The Glasgow School of Art acknowledges the work Kier Construction Limited and its appointed sub-contractors had undertaken to date.”

It was revealed this week that the building is to be partially demolished after surveys revealed the building is in danger of sudden collapse

Work to partially dismantle sections of the building is expected to begin in the coming days.

Meanwhile the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched an appeal for images of the fire that also took hold of the nearby O2 ABC and other adjoining buildings.

Members of the public who captured footage or stills in Glasgow city centre on the night of June 15 are being asked to send them to expert investigators.

The call came from assistant chief officer David McGown as the “formidable” investigation gathers pace.

ACO McGown said: “We are asking any member of the public with video footage or still images of the significant fire in Glasgow that evening to submit these to our investigation team.

“There has been a high volume of images and video already published and you might think your material is no different but I ask you to please let us take a look.

“We will cast a forensic and expert eye over it – and it could prove crucial to our investigation.”

Any images should be sent to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as the organisation leading the investigation:

ACO McGown also reiterated that the investigation team will need time to establish the full facts and circumstances.

At its height, more than 120 firefighters attended the incident when the alarm was raised at 11.19pm on Friday, June 15.

He said: “This significant fire had a devastating impact on several notable, and indeed iconic, buildings as well as surrounding businesses.

“We therefore fully appreciate and understand the desire to know what happened here – including how it started and where it started.

“Please be assured that our fire investigation experts are working hard, alongside our police colleagues and other key partner agencies, to move as quickly as possible to establish the full facts and circumstances.

“But there is a high volume of information and numerous lines of enquiry we require to process. This is a formidable investigation, it is a very complex process – and I reiterate that it will take time.”

Mackintosh Building to be partially demolished amid collapse fears

Image: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art is to be partially demolished after surveys revealed the building is in danger of sudden collapse

Work to partially dismantle sections of the building, which was destroyed by a fire earlier this month, is expected to begin in the coming days.

Glasgow City Council said today that recent remote surveys and close-in surveys from baskets suspended from cranes revealed more substantial movement in the walls of the building than previously thought.

This means a sudden collapse of parts of the building is “likely, rather than possible” and there is now a requirement to at least partially dismantle sections of the building “as a matter of urgency”, the local authority added.

However, the dangerous nature of the site which includes the Mackintosh Building and the O2 ABC is such that it will take around two days to devise a methodology for taking down the south façade, which is the most seriously affected part of the building. The West gable of the Mackintosh building has continued to deteriorate and the East gable has continued to move outwards.

It is not possible at this time to say exactly when the work will begin, but it will be as soon as possible.

While it is not possible to say for certain what the methodology will be, the demolition contractor has been asked to consider beginning at the Eastern side of the site. If this is possible it could make it more likely that we will be able to make the East wall safe and allow access to residents in Dalhousie Street.

Glasgow City Council’s head of building control, Raymond Barlow, said: “This building has undergone substantial stress in recent days. With each passing day a sudden collapse becomes more likely. It has become urgent that we take down the south façade. As the process begins it will be likely that the other walls will also need to be reduced.

“We do not know what effect this will have on the rest of the building so I have to be clear this site remains dangerous and is becoming more dangerous. It is particularly important that people observe the cordon which remains in place.”

Building firm director given six year ban for failing to keep company records

The director of a Glasgow contractor has been disqualified for failing to maintain and preserve adequate company records.

David Simpson Duffy was the sole director of Annick Structures Ltd (ASL), which traded as a construction and civil engineering company.

ASL was incorporated in 2012 and was ordered into compulsory liquidation in February 2016, following a petition by HMRC.

At liquidation, the company had an estimated deficiency to its creditors of over £900,000.

The investigation by the Insolvency Service, following the conclusion of the liquidation, found that from March 2014 to February 2016, Mr Duffy failed in his duty as a director to preserve or deliver up to the liquidator adequate accounting records for ASL, as he was required to do by law.

The result of which was that it was not possible to verify the true level of income and expenditure to and from the company bank account and specifically:

  • whether outstanding loans totalling £308,725 were collected for the benefit of the company or remained outstanding at liquidation
  • whether debtor sums totalling almost £35,000 and stock/Work in Progress sums totalling over £582,000 were collected for the benefit of the company
  • what the purposes were of transfers totalling £1.8 million and payments totalling £2.5m related to

This was aggravated further by Mr Duffy’s failure to ensure that ASL prepared and filed annual accounts with Companies House, for the period to 28 February 2015.

Following the Insolvency Service investigation, Mr Duffy signed a six year undertaking, which was accepted on 11 May 2018.

The disqualification commenced on 1 June 2018 and is effective until 1 June 2024 and prevents Mr Duffy from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership for the duration of his ban.

Robert Clarke, head of company investigation at the Insolvency Service, said: “Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency.

“Without a full account of transactions it is impossible to determine whether a director has discharged his duties properly, or is using a lack of documentation as a cloak for impropriety.”

Draft agreement reached for new £40m Glasgow health & social care centre

A new £40 million health and social care hub for the north east of Glasgow has moved a step closer.

The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has agreed the draft Initial Agreement for the proposed new hub as part of a plan to improve performance across a number of services and reduce inequalities for people living in the area.

It is also anticipated the hub will increase capacity and adaptability of the facility compared to the current, older centre in the area. In addition, it will improve access to services and better integration between health and social work teams and services.

The new hub is expected to feature services including:

  • All the existing health centre services (such as GP, pharmacy, dental, speech therapy)
  • Specialist Children’s Services
  • Rehabilitation and enablement services
  • Health visiting
  • District and school nurses
  • Older people’s mental health services
  • Social work child and family teams
  • Learning disability services
  • Health Improvement services

A wide ranging public engagement exercise was carried out with local people, service users and carers between March and June last year. A range of staff from the services expected to be involved in the hub have participated in workshops and engagement activities, and have contributed to the development of the Initial Agreement.

The key themes from this engagement will be used to guide both the design of the building and how the services that will be based in the proposed hub will be configured.

Chairman John Brown said: “I’m encouraged progress is being made in the plans to improve services and facilities for people in the North East of Glasgow.”

The new hub will be a focal point for a wide range of health and care services for not only the east end, but also the wider north east of Glasgow.

The next stage is for the initial agreement to be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group (CIG). If the CIG approves the Initial Agreement later this summer, the health board will then progress to the Outline Business Case stage.