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Councillors approve Paisley’s West End regeneration plans

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Scotland, and Renfrewshire Council leader, Iain Nicolson, at the masterplan site

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Scotland, and Renfrewshire Council leader, Iain Nicolson, at the masterplan site

Plans to transform Paisley’s West End into an attractive neighbourhood with 150 new homes and strengthened links to the town centre have been given the green light.

Councillors on Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board yesterday approved the final West End regeneration masterplan which sets out the steps to develop the new private and social homes.

The masterplan has been developed by the council and its housing association partner Sanctuary Scotland.

More than 80% of residents in the area have backed the moves to address the high levels of vacant properties in an area once home to thousands of mill workers supporting the town’s weaving industry.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are committed to regenerating Renfrewshire and investing in providing high quality affordable homes which our communities deserve. I am pleased that these plans for the west end of Paisley have been welcomed by the people living there and have received cross-party approval.

“It is an area steeped in history and heritage and these proposals will celebrate this by strengthening the links to Oakshaw Conservation area and Paisley town centre. Working closely with our colleagues at Sanctuary Scotland and through on-going dialogue with residents and businesses in the area, I look forward to seeing the development of a new neighbourhood which is desirable and distinctive, attractive and safe.”

Sanctuary Scotland will now develop plans for a phased delivery of the masterplan which involves clearance of vacant land and demolition of existing low demand tenement flats and commercial ground floor premises on the east side of Well Street, Clavering Street East and Underwood Lane.

All council tenants will be offered suitable alternative accommodation and Sanctuary Scotland will provide private resident owners with a range of options. While businesses in the masterplan area will be supported to relocate, the plans include the potential for limited new retail provision.

The west end is undergoing a complete transformation as Sanctuary Scotland is also developing new housing for social rent at the former Co-Op site on nearby Wellmeadow Street.

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Scotland, said: “We are very excited to be working with Renfrewshire Council on this project and are looking forward to getting started now that the masterplan has been approved.

“The development will create much-needed affordable housing for local people in Paisley and also provide a boost to the town by creating a number of local jobs and training opportunities on site.”

Investment plan unveiled for 1,000 new Renfrewshire affordable homes

Councillor Marie McGurk and Sanctuary’s Gillian Lavety

Councillor Marie McGurk and Sanctuary’s Gillian Lavety

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled a five-year plan to deliver more than 1000 high-quality, affordable homes across the region over the next five years.

The new Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the period 2018/19 – 2022/23, which was approved last week by the local authority’s communities, housing and planning policy Board, sets out the key investment priorities for affordable housing in Renfrewshire. It details how the council will meet the objectives of the Renfrewshire Local Housing Strategy by delivering at least 1,000 new homes over the next five years.

The homes will be a mixture of council and housing association properties. As well as new housing for social rent, a mix of housing options are also being developed including properties specifically for older people, families and people with additional needs plus homes which are available to buy at below market prices.

Construction work is due to start on two council projects in Spring 2018 where around 95 new homes will be built as part of the regeneration of Johnstone Castle and 80 new homes at Dargavel Village in Bishopton. It is also planned to bring forward further council new build projects in Paisley and Johnstone over the five year period.

Construction is also underway on housing association new build developments in different parts of Renfrewshire. Sanctuary Scotland is building social rented housing in Renfrew (Andrew Avenue and Inchinnan Road) and homes for both social rent and low cost home ownership at Love Street in Paisley. Work is due to start shortly on the former Co-op site in Paisley West End, where around 40 new homes will be built for social rent by Sanctuary.

Link Group will start work in 2018 on the third phase of the redevelopment of the former Arnotts site – building around 26 flats on Smithhills Street in Paisley town centre for social rent.  In addition, Paisley Housing Association is progressing plans for comprehensive improvement at Orchard Street/Causeyside Street following the designation of a Housing Renewal Area earlier this year.

The council is also working with other housing associations and the Scottish Government to bring forward new build schemes in other parts of Renfrewshire over the next five years.

The draft investment plan was presented to Community planning partners, Renfrewshire housing associations, local stakeholder groups, Community Councils and tenants and Residents Associations for consultation in August of this year. The consultation also included meetings with housing association partners to identify potential sites and new projects in line with the Local Housing Strategy outcomes.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s communities, housing & planning policy Board, visited a new housing area site to see first-hand one of the new affordable housing developments in Renfrew.

Commenting on the new plan, Councillor McGurk said: “Good quality, energy efficient, affordable housing helps to improve people’s quality of life.  Renfrewshire Council is committed to providing high-calibre homes that people can afford to rent and buy.

“The Strategic Housing Investment Plan isn’t just about building more and more houses. It is about creating homes that people want to live in, in places where they want to live.

“There is a demand for affordable homes for older people, families and those with additional needs. We’re expanding the supply of homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet the needs of people in Renfrewshire. There are a number of planned developments for additional supported housing, sheltered housing and extra care housing which meet these needs.

“We are already well on track to delivering our target of 1,000 new affordable homes by 2021 and I fully expect that the Strategic Housing Investment Plan will take us beyond that.”

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, added: “Sanctuary is proud to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government to develop much-needed affordable housing in the area.

“Our planned homes will provide modern, attractive and energy-efficient accommodation for local residents, just as Sanctuary’s previous Renfrewshire projects across Paisley, Renfrew and Linwood already have.”

Plans submitted for over 100 affordable homes across five Inverclyde sites

Plans for Dubbs Road in Port Glasgow

Plans for 24 homes at Dubbs Road in Port Glasgow

Sanctuary Group is working with Inverclyde Council to deliver 104 new affordable homes for rent across five sites.

The sites are distinct in character with proposals ranging from 8 to 44 units across 2-4 storeys. Three of the five sites have been submitted for planning with the remaining two to be submitted by the end of next week.


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Commencement of the works on site is programmed to commence from March 2018 with a contract completion of summer 2019.

Sanctuary Homes has bought the former Highlanders’ Academy in Mount Pleasant Street in Greenock and the old Lilybank School site in Port Glasgow as well as empty land just across the street on Farquhar Road, known as ‘The Orchard’. It has also acquired the former Auchenbothie nursery site in Port Glasgow and the site of the former clinic at Dubbs Road.

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be progressing plans for affordable housing on five sites in Inverclyde in partnership with the Scottish Government and Inverclyde Council.

“Subject to planning approval 44 homes will be built on the site of the former Highlanders Academy in Greenock. A further 60 homes will be built across four sites in Port Glasgow, including eight family homes at Auchenbothie Road and 24 amenity style flats at Dubbs Road.”

Housing plans submitted for former Victoria Infirmary site in Glasgow

Nightingale Pavilions visualisationSanctuary Homes has submitted its masterplan, planning application and listed building application to redevelop the former site of Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary.

Developed by Glasgow-based Collective Architecture following a comprehensive community consultation, the proposals include the creation of 413 new flats, plus offices and retail units, on the site in the city’s Langside.

Sanctuary’s proposals retain Battlefield Road’s iconic Nightingale Pavilions and feature public realm areas, including an improved pedestrian route through the site to Queen’s Park.

If Sanctuary’s plans were approved in their current form, around 310 of the homes would be sold. Approximately 100 would be available for affordable housing, subject to Glasgow City Council grant approval.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director – development, said: “We are delighted to submit our planning application, masterplan and listed building application for one of Glasgow’s most prestigious and historic sites.

“We have taken account of the views and comments from more than 600 members of the public who attended our six community consultation events during February, March and April.”

The applications and supporting information can be viewed on the Glasgow City Council website.

Planning permission granted for £17m Paisley housing development

Street Scene 1AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning consent for a new £17 million development of 132 homes for social rent and sale in Paisley.

Plans and information about the homes at Love Street, which are built for Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association, were submitted to Renfrewshire Council in December 2016.

The 132 units will be two and three bedroom, two storey terraced and semi-detached houses. The homes will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

Paul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be working together with Sanctuary on this large housing development. This is great news for Paisley as it will deliver a major economic boost, creating jobs and much-needed new social housing for the area. We plan to start work on site in the summer, with completion due in the summer 2019.”

Street Scene 2 - Love StreetGillian Lavety, Sanctuary’s head of development – Scotland, added: “Our Love Street homes will provide a significant boost to Paisley’s affordable housing stock.

“As with previous projects we are confident these high quality homes will be popular with buyers and tenants.

“Sanctuary has more than 350 properties planned for Renfrewshire, making us one of the area’s biggest developers.

“We look forward to beginning the build at Love Street later this year.”

Glasgow affordable homes tower will be Scotland’s tallest timber structure

CCG YokerOff-site construction specialists CCG have published plans for an innovative residential build in Glasgow which will become the tallest timber structure in Scotland.

Located on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, the development will consist of 42 new flats designed by Mast Architects which upon its completion in autumn-2017, will provide affordable living to tenants of Sanctuary Scotland.

The seven-storey building will make use of a structural material known as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

CLT is a form of structural timber that offers a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete offering enhanced environmental efficiency standards and greater flexibility during the construction process. It was first introduced to UK in 2003 and since then it has been used extensively across the South East of England in a variety of sectors and in doing so proving the concept for widespread adoption. It is now being used as the primary construction material for this new development.

02 - CopyAlastair Wylie, chairman and CEO of CCG (Scotland) Ltd, said: “Since the conception of our timber frame division in 2007, CCG has led R&D into the use of ‘off-site technology’ in Scotland, a product of which is our bespoke ‘Off-Site Manufacturing’ facility, CCG OSM, which launched in 2010.

“We are constantly innovating and whilst we do not manufacture CLT, we have used it as an extension of our OSM product to further enhance our approach to sustainable construction.

“This project is not only ground-breaking for CCG in terms of the CLT construction method but it also seeks to address some of the industry challenges in terms of resource demand; both the labour skills requirement and also the material supply chain.

“In doing so CCG are pushing the boundaries of our off-site manufacture capabilities and continue to show our success in striving to deliver the National target of building 50,000 new homes within the next 5 years as set by Scottish Government.”

Proposals lodged for 180 homes on Glasgow estate

Sanctuary Scotland Craigbank 3Sanctuary Scotland has submitted revised plans to build affordable homes on the site of the former Craigbank housing estate in Nitshill, Glasgow.

To be delivered by CCG and Mast Architects, the development will see the construction of 180 homes comprising a mix of affordable and private accommodation ranging from one bed flats through to four bedroom houses.

A total of 70 units, compromising of two storey, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom houses consisting of fourteen semi-detached blocks and thirteen terraces, are designated for sale by the contractor CCG

The remaining 110 units allocated as affordable housing comprise of single and two storey, sixteen semi-detached blocks, twenty terraces and a 2 storey flatted block containing wheelchair accessible flats. These will be managed through Sanctuary Scotland.

Of the 110 affordable housing units, 10 are to be delivered under a pilot scheme designed with Glasgow City Council.

The intention of this pilot scheme is to help establish a comparison between different house types and construction approaches with a view to informing the future benchmark standards for affordable housing in Glasgow. The approach will consider different construction types, external targets and certifications, and include post-occupancy measurement and user feedback to confirm the most appropriate solution for future housing.

Physical factors such as building envelope and heating/ ventilation system performance, and human factors such as air quality and running costs will be included. A comparison will then be drawn between each of the types proposed, and cost, programme and other factors will be recorded separately for each type.

The development, which will also include open space and children’s play areas, supersedes an earlier application for 143 affordable homes on the same site.

Architect appointed for Glasgow hospital site

Battlefield Road's Nightingale wings will be retained as part of the project

Battlefield Road’s Nightingale wings will be retained as part of the project

A local design team has been appointed to create a housing vision for Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary.

Social housing provider Sanctuary Group has instructed Glasgow-based Collective Architecture to produce draft proposals for the first phase of community consultation, due to start at the end of January.

Sanctuary will build around 400 high quality homes on the prestigious hospital site purchased from the NHS on 1 August.

The not-for-profit housing provider will retain the listed administration building along with key heritage features including Battlefield Road’s iconic Nightingale wings and the gatehouse off Langside Road.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “Collective Architecture is an award-winning Glasgow firm with vast experience of community consultation, both for Sanctuary and other housing providers.

“Collective Architecture is developing a comprehensive community engagement programme beyond the statutory requirement to ensure local opinions are captured and considered. This consultation process will begin at the end of January.

“We have started the process of demolishing parts of the site, but I can reassure the local community the Nightingale wings, administration block and gatehouse will be retained. The local community will also be given notice before any major activity begins.”

Sanctuary plans to transform the former Victoria Infirmary into modern, stylish homes for first-time buyers, families and older buyers.

Nick Walker of Collective Architecture added: “The Victoria Infirmary redevelopment represents a wonderful opportunity to deliver new homes in Langside within existing and new buildings.

“It is a unique chance to carefully connect the site back into the surrounding area and to Queen’s Park, creating connections for pedestrians and opening up views of the park.”

Work begins on key workers homes on Aberdeen jail site

Peter Martin, Sanctuary Group’s director of development (left) with Kevin Stewart MSP

Peter Martin, Sanctuary Group’s director of development (left) with Kevin Stewart MSP

The development of a former Aberdeen prison site into affordable homes for key workers is officially underway.

The £21 million project, which will see Sanctuary create 124 properties in Torry on land once occupied by HMP Craiginches, was made possible by an £8m grant from the Scottish Government.

A total of 18 houses and 106 flats will be available to local teachers, medical staff and other key workers for mid-market rent. By providing accommodation more affordable than the private rented sector, the development will offer up housing options to key workers in Aberdeen.

Plans to redevelop surplus public sector sites into hundreds of affordable homes were announced last year by then social justice secretary Alex Neil.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary Group’s director of development, said: “We at Sanctuary are pleased to work with the Scottish Government on this pilot project. We will deliver much-needed affordable accommodation for those employed in Aberdeen’s public services.

“Our new homes will become an integral part of Torry and provide wider benefits to the community. On top of the employment and training opportunities available on site, Aberdeen City Council has received more than £430,000 for local benefits including community and sports facilities, a car club and improvements to Walker Road Primary School.”

Sanctuary’s site contractor Robertson Construction will recruit eight apprentices over the course of the project. The homes are due to be handed to Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association in March 2018.

Yesterday, minister for local government and housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, cut the sod for construction work to begin.

Mr Stewart, who represents Aberdeen Central, said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s affordable housing supply programme was able to support this project with a grant of over £8m. This will support the delivery of these affordable, high quality homes and will help address the demand for mid-market rented housing for key workers in the Aberdeen housing market area.

“We have committed to deliver 50,000 more affordable homes over the next five years, backed up with investment of more than £3 billion. Projects such as this one today mark another step on the road to delivering that pledge.”

Keith Taylor, regional managing director of Robertson Eastern, added: “We’re very pleased to have been appointed as the contractor for the Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association development at the old Craiginches prison site.

“A large part of our proposal to Sanctuary was focused on supporting and investing in the Torry community.

“Across the life of the project there are a total of 74 training and employment opportunities. These include local employment, work placements, apprenticeships and education opportunities, including formal certificates and N/SVQs.

“As a local business it was important to us that we could offer both employment opportunities and grow the skills of the local community.”

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development

View from Inchinnan Rd looking northAS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning permission for a new £8.5 million development of 67 homes for social rent in Renfrew for Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association.

The homes are being built at Inchinnan Road, Western Park, on the site of the former Renfrew Junior FC pitch. The application was lodged with Renfrewshire Council in April 2016.

Of the 67 units, 33 will be flats and 34 will be houses. The houses will be a mixture of two storey, two and three bedroom, semi-detached and terraced houses. The blocks of two-bedroom flats will be three and four storeys high. The homes will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

View from Inchinnan Rd looking NWPaul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “This development is great news for Renfrew and I am delighted that planning approval was granted – it will deliver a major economic boost, creating jobs and much-needed new social housing for the area. We aim to start work on site this month, with completion due in early 2018.

“This is our third housing development to gain planning permission in just a few months, to build a total of 180 homes for social rental and sale across the west of Scotland, so it’s a very busy and exciting time for AS Homes.”

View from Inchinnan Rd looking NEPat Cahill, director of Sanctuary Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to get the go-ahead to create more affordable housing in Renfrew.

“Our Braille Drive homes in the town are hugely popular and we expect an equally positive reaction to those built on Inchinnan Road.”