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New homes and commercial units planned for former Glasgow church site

Plans have been submitted to develop 49 homes on a former church site in North Glasgow on behalf of ng homes.

Under the plans, 49 residential flats and two commercial units could be built on the corner of Keppochill Road and Millarbank Street in Springburn which was previously home to Springburn Public Halls and Cowlairs Church.

The B-listed Springburn Public Halls were demolished over Christmas 2012 after the property was deemed a health and safety risk by Glasgow City Council.

A planning statement explains that the Springburn Public Halls, which were designed by William B White, opened in 1902. The halls were gifted to the community by the Reid Family who owned the Hyde Park Works.

The halls were a focal point for local gatherings during the first of the 20th century and the building was later converted into a sports hall in the 1960s until its closure in 1985 due to dry rot.

The halls lay derelict for years with regeneration proposals proving unsuccessful, according to the planning statement.

The new development would provide 49 new homes in the area including one and two bedroom properties.

A decision on the plans is expected next month.

City Building supplements social housing repair wins with new contract

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Construction firm City Building has won a £3.7 million contract with social landlord ng homes as part of a clutch of new business wins valued at over £5m.

The order from ng homes, which was secured in open competition with the private sector, includes a contract to deliver repairs and maintenance services worth £2.4m, and the delivery of £1.3m of gas services.

ng homes provides housing and support services to tenants and owners in the Springburn, Balornock, Possilpark and Parkhouse areas of North Glasgow. It is responsible for the management and maintenance of about 7,000 properties.

The ng homes deal is the biggest of several contracts that City Building has won from social landlords in recent months. The Glasgow-based firm is also set to provide gas services to the Southside Housing Association in a three-year deal worth just over £1m and specialist lift services are being supplied to Queens Cross Housing Association as part of a contract worth £250,000.

City Building’s manufacturing division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), has additionally secured new work. It recently received its first furniture order from the National Library of Scotland after being appointed as an official supplier to the public body.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “We’re extremely proud of our recent business wins, especially our contract with ng homes. Our new partnership will help its management team continue their strong focus on customer service and ensure North Glasgow tenants are living in safe, comfortable, high quality homes.

“We’ve been involved in some very high profile projects recently, including the construction and refurbishment of more than 111 Glasgow schools, which has helped to grow our reputation across the industry and showcase what our skilled staff can achieve.

“We are already one of Glasgow’s biggest employers and our continued success will help us to continue providing significant job opportunities across the city.”

Robert Tamburrini, chief executive of ng homes, said: “We would like to congratulate City Building in securing this important contract.  This new deal will ensure that ng homes will continue to provide excellent customer service to our tenants in regards to maintenance and repairs and gas servicing.

“City Building has an impressive track record of delivering great results for the Association and we are keen to further strengthen our relationship and look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of our tenants and the North Glasgow community.”

City Building business wins come after the firm’s annual accounts, which were published in August, confirmed a rise in turnover to £219m in the last financial year. This strong performance enabled the arm’s length organisation to return £9m to Glasgow City Council to be reinvested in public services in the city.