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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.”

Housing plans for former Victoria Infirmary site approved

Sanctuary Homes has been given the go-ahead to redevelop the former Victoria Infirmary site in Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee has granted planning permission to create 413 new flats, plus offices and retail units, on the site in the city’s Langside.

Developed by Glasgow-based Collective Architecture following a comprehensive community consultation, Sanctuary’s plans will retain Battlefield Road’s iconic Nightingale Pavilions and introduce public realm areas, including an improved pedestrian route through the site to Queen’s Park.

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

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director – development, said: “We are delighted to receive planning permission for our vision to bring the former Victoria Infirmary site back to life.

“We thank Glasgow City Council for supporting this vision and for recognising the benefits Sanctuary’s project will have for Langside. To be trusted to rejuvenate such an iconic site with more than 400 new homes is very exciting.

“This planning approval is welcome news and coincides with the conclusion of Sanctuary’s £60 million regeneration of Anderston in central Glasgow. As at Anderston this project will offer affordable homes plus jobs and training opportunities for young people.

“Our plans for the former Victoria Infirmary site demonstrate Sanctuary’s continued commitment to Glasgow and will see us invest many millions of pounds in the city.”

Around 300 homes will be available for private sale. The remaining homes will be available for affordable housing subject to Glasgow City Council grant approval.

Event delegates hear of ‘ambitious plans’ for Edinburgh city centre

The City of Edinburgh Council is examining “ambitious plans” to revamp the public realm of the Scottish capital’s city centre in which over £3 billion worth of projects are currently underway, delegates at a planning event were told.

Delivering the opening keynote at a Built Environment Networking event, the authority’s head of place development, Michael Thain, said the city was in the middle of a building boom.

He described the £3bn worth of projects in the city centre as the “most concentrated amount of development and investment of any urban centre in the whole of the UK”, but stressed that the centre’s choked public realm was “not fit for purpose”.

The council’s recent acquisition of the former National Grid site in the waterside area of Granton, which has the capacity for 1,600 new homes, “gives a message about a commitment to develop” accordingly to Thain.

He added that the council’s support for efforts to promote the city’s inclusive growth includes plans for its recently established housing company to invest £250 million over the next five years in building and acquiring mid-market and market rent homes.

Gillian Lavety, development director at Sanctuary Group Scotland, said the housing association is preparing to embark on its first market sale properties north of the border.

These include the regeneration of Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary, where Sanctuary is bringing forward 413 residential units including 135-social rent and shared ownership homes. The application, which retains the infirmary’s prominent Nightingale pavilions and listed administration block, was approved at a hearing this month with Glasgow City Council’s planning committee.

Lavety said the association is also just about to finish the final phase, containing just over 200 units, of its regeneration of the Anderston area in Glasgow city centre. The five-phase scheme replaces nearly 500 low rise 1960s flats, which were transferred from Scottish Homes more than a decade ago.

Lastly she said Sanctuary Group Scotland is half way through the regeneration of 12 high rise blocks in Cumbernauld, all but three of which have been demolished.

Jestyn Davies, managing director of Murray Estates, revealed that the company is awaiting a decision by the Scottish Government on whether it has won consent for the first phase of its new Edinburgh Garden District.

He said that a recommendation to the Scottish Government is “imminent” from a report, the term for planning inspector in Scotland, on Murray’s application for 1350 homes at Redheughs Village.

Redheughs is set to be the first of five to six new villages, which will be developed on 700 acres to the west of Edinburgh, under Murray’s masterplan for the 6,500-home garden district. Murray Estates is in “advanced discussions” with three volume housebuilders and one major affordable homes provider to deliver the project.

The district is well integrated into the city’s transport network with five tram stops within easy reach.

Davies said of the project: “We are not some new Eco Town sitting in the middle of the countryside. We are bolted onto the city, which allows us to grow more quickly.”

The scheme is close to employment centres housing more than 25,000 jobs with more in the pipeline on upcoming developments at Crosswinds and Edinburgh Park.

Davies also told the event that Murray Estates is in the “early stages” of looking at the creation of a new village near Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt-University, containing up to 3,000 new homes, of which a quarter would be affordable and key worker properties.

Clive Wilding, director of Artisan Real Estates, said the company is due to hand over its New Waverley development to the Cabinet Office in June 2019, and he outlined his company’s plans within Glasgow.

Part of the plans include the restoration of Glasgow’s crumbling Georgian Custom House, which occupies a prominent Clydeside site in the city centre, which they hope to convert into two hotels. The scheme for the Grade A structure also involves securing permission for the demolition of three neighbouring tenement buildings.

And Mark Hamilton, group architectural director of Springfield Properties, outlined his company’s plans to deliver around 10,000 new homes in five villages across Scotland.

Cumbernauld poised for £11.7m affordable housing investment

Two brownfield sites in Cumbernauld will soon be reclaimed and regenerated into new affordable housing developments, providing new family homes and opportunities for local people as part of an £11.7 million investment from Sanctuary Homes.

ENGIE has been appointed to deliver the construction works at Berryhill Road and Hume Road where a total of 111 new affordable homes for rent will be constructed.

During the lifetime of the development project, ENGIE’s regeneration business (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) will deliver more than £50k worth of community benefits on behalf of Sanctuary Homes. An Employment Skills Plan and Community Benefit Fund will provide jobs, work placements, apprenticeships, training and development opportunities via connections in North Lanarkshire’s education, training and employability network.

Extra-curricular support will be provided for local schools and colleges while social enterprises, third sector organisations, community groups, volunteers and charities will all benefit from development and funding support from the Community Benefit Fund.

Alan Burton, divisional construction director for ENGIE, said: “Reclaiming and regenerating brownfield land is something that we are passionate about and we are delighted to be doing so on behalf of Sanctuary Homes. They are investing significantly in these sites and we are committed to helping them achieve a fantastic development and outcome that provides wider training and employability opportunities for local people and local neighbourhoods.

“We are wholly committed to developing a local workforce and investing in the lives of local people, schools, colleges, businesses, enterprises and charities.”

Gillian Lavety, head of development for Sanctuary Homes in Scotland, said: “This investment in high quality, affordable housing in Cumbernauld marks the next phase in Sanctuary’s regeneration of the town’s high-rise blocks.

“The regeneration to date has been widely welcomed by residents and brought jobs, training opportunities and community benefits to the town. Our partnership with ENGIE in Berryhill Road and Hume Road will be similarly beneficial.”

Work on Berryhill Road commenced in November while construction on Hume Road is scheduled to start this month.

Both schemes are due to be completed in March 2019.

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.


Information on each project location and planning submission dates:


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.”