Thenue Housing Association

Cruden begins £9.3m revamp of former east end hotel

Councillor McLean (pictured far right) and the team behind the development

Councillor McLean (pictured far right) and the team behind the development

A multi million pound transformation of a historic Glasgow building into new east end homes with begins in earnest with the redevelopment of a former hotel in iconic Monteith Row close to Glasgow Green.

The street has an important place in Glasgow’s rich history and dates from 1891.

Now Thenue Housing is preserving the building by turning it into new flats and also building new ones in a project costing £9.3 million.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, got the work underway on a visit to Monteith Row.

Forty nine new flats are being created with building work scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Monteith Row was once home to well-heeled Glaswegians in the 19th century.

One of its remaining buildings – the former Monteith Hotel which is named after a former Lord Provost – will form the centrepiece of the development.

Its new lease of life and additional flats is the latest housing boost from Thenue and is the third development of new homes the housing association has announced in the last nine months.

It brings to £23.6 million the amount of money Thenue is spending on giving people new homes in this location, in Bridgeton and in Castlemilk. The total number of homes being built is around 120. The development is being built by Cruden Building.

Charles Turner, chief executive of Thenue Housing, said: “This is an important step forward in bringing much-needed new homes to the east end.

“Monteith Row is an iconic Glasgow street and preserving a much-loved building by creating modern, energy-efficient new homes will be greatly welcomed by the community.

“We are grateful to Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Council for contributing to the cost of this significant project. Without them it simply would not have been possible.

“It is wonderful that a building with such a rich historical connection to the city is being given a new lease of life.”

Councillor McLean said: “It is great to see work beginning on these 49 new homes in this famous building on a historic Glasgow street. This will be an interesting and attractive development, located close to the city centre, and I’m sure will be enjoyed by the new residents when work is complete.

“The council is pleased to work with Thenue Housing Association, and all of our other partner housing bodies, to deliver high-quality new homes such as these across the city.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Building, added: “We are delighted to work with Thenue Housing to deliver this landmark development of much needed quality, affordable housing in Glasgow’s east end.

“This development will also breathe new life into a once-great city building, the Monteith Hotel, as we convert it into modern, energy efficient homes which will overlook Glasgow Green. During this development, we will be working with local suppliers and providing valuable training opportunities to the local community.”

Thenue and college partnership receives £5000 boost to help people learn

Cruden Building director Gordon Lee and Wendy Kilshaw who has just completed the latest Learning Works course

Cruden Building director Gordon Lee and Wendy Kilshaw who has just completed the latest Learning Works course

Opportunities for jobless people to learn new skills have been given a £5,000 boost from generous construction firm Cruden Building.

The company has dug deep to deliver the cash injection to assist Thenue Housing and Glasgow Kelvin College which work together to help unemployed people.

This week Cruden Building handed over a cheque which will now be used to fund Thenue Housing’s award-winning Learning Works initiative.

Working in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College in the trail-blazing project, the free course has helped hundreds of jobless people find a pathway to success with a job or further learning opportunities.

The donation from Cruden will help underpin the future of Learning Works and contribute to other learning initiatives from Thenue.

Remarkably, almost 240 people have been through the free course which has just completed its 21st intake. Course 22 will soon be underway.

Learning Works is aimed at unemployed people in the area of Glasgow served by the regeneration agency Clyde Gateway and offers learning across a range of specialisms. These include computer skills, the importance of goal setting, personal development as well as the opportunity to brush up on literacy and numeracy.

It is all designed to make individuals as appealing as possible to potential employers and to defeat joblessness.

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Building, said: “At Cruden Building, we don’t just build quality, affordable homes, we create and become part of the local community.

“We are passionate about nurturing and growing talent within our own organisation, so we’re delighted to support the Learning Works programme and help local people gain invaluable skills through this fantastic initiative.”

Thenue Housing chief executive, Charles Turner, praised Cruden for the donation and added: “This money will help people to keep on learning and give many more the chance to gain new skills and ultimately get a job.

“We are extremely grateful to Cruden Building which shares our vision of helping communities at grass roots level. Learning Works has been a shining example of how organisations working together can transform people’s lives.”

Glasgow Kelvin College vice principal, Alan Inglis, said: “We are delighted to once again be involved in recognising the achievements of the remarkable students on this hugely worthwhile programme.

“The success of the Learning Works groups underscores the value of working together to support learners as they achieve success.  We feel privileged to be part of this dynamic partnership and are grateful to Cruden for their generous contribution to the programme.

“Congratulations go to all the learners who are here today, and to the dedicated staff who have supported them on their journey. Our thanks go to Thenue Housing Association for their continued trust and confidence and we look forward to working as closely with you all in the future.”

Lawrence McCabe, community regeneration manager at Thenue, added: “Helping people back into the workplace so they can earn a wage and improve their lives is vitally important. We are delighted at the support this initiative has been given by Cruden Building.”

Thenue to give new lease of life to historic Glasgow building in £9.3m housing boost

The former Monteith Hotel will soon be new housing from Thenue

The former Monteith Hotel will soon be new housing from Thenue

An iconic Glasgow building is to be transformed into new homes for rent in a £9.3 million housing boost for the east end.

Thenue Housing is building 49 new flats in London Road and Monteith Row which are due for completion in 2019.

Monteith Row overlooking Glasgow Green was once home to well-heeled Glaswegians in the 19th century.

Now one of its remaining buildings – the former Monteith Hotel which dates from 1891 and is named after a former Lord Provost – will form the centrepiece of the exciting new development.

Its new lease of life and a neighbouring new building is the latest development from high profile Thenue and is the third development of new homes the housing association has announced in the last six months.

It brings to £23.6m the amount of money Thenue is spending on giving people new homes in this location, in Bridgeton and in Castlemilk. The total number of homes being built is around 120.

Thenue acknowledges the support of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government with their £6.6m contribution towards the total cost of this latest development.

Revealing the development, Thenue chief executive, Charles Turner, said: “We are very pleased that something which has been in the pipeline for some time will soon be a reality.

“It shows that Thenue is committed to building new homes in our communities and is delivering on our promise to the people we serve to provide homes across the city.  They are much needed and will be greatly welcomed.”

The Monteith Hotel is currently boarded up and latterly was used as a place to stay for homeless men.

It has an interesting past and very grand beginnings in what was a stylish and popular location in 19th century Glasgow.

Monteith Row was built in 1891 and named after the then Lord Provost Henry Monteith.

The street became home to many well respected and wealthy Glaswegians. At one time so many medical men lived there that it was nicknamed “Doctors’ Row.”

Although it continued to be an upmarket address towards the end of the 19th century, wealthier citizens began moving to the west end and its newly-fashionable districts of Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside.

By the 1980s, most of Monteith Row was taken down but the Monteith Hotel with its views of and close proximity to Glasgow Green was spared and remains an important part of Glasgow’s Victorian heritage.

Karen Finlayson, property services manager (development) at Thenue, added: “Building homes for our communities is an essential part of our work – and our three current developments, when complete, will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“The Monteith Hotel development is an exciting project which preserves a great city building yet turns it into modern, energy efficient homes in the east end.

“It is wonderful that a building with such a rich historical connection to the city is being given a new lease of life.”

Esh Border Construction unveils new social housing framework partnerships

Regional managing director Simon Phillips (right) and business development manager Euan McDermott

Regional managing director Simon Phillips (right) and business development manager Euan McDermott

Esh Border Construction has announced a raft of new multi-million pound framework partnerships within Scotland’s social housing sector.

The Livingston-based company has built on its social housing successes by signing up with Link Group, Kingdom Housing Association, Hillcrest Housing Association, Places for People, LAR Housing Trust, Thenue Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Housing Assessment Management Framework.

The collective value of this work could mean over £100 million throughout the frameworks’ duration across the next few years.

It is expected that the resulting projects will help meet demand in areas of Scotland where there is an urgent need for affordable housing that will get dozens of young families into sustainable accommodation.

Esh Border Construction will work with Edinburgh-based Link Group, one of the largest RSL groups within Scotland, on a four year framework with a primary focus on new build mainstream properties along with a variety of particular needs homes.

The framework – which has seen Esh Border Construction sign up for projects valued up to £4.1m and above – also includes extensions, adaptions and rehabilitations.

The company is also part of a four year contractor services framework with Fife-based Kingdom Housing Association, which acts on behalf of the Fife Housing Alliance, including Ore Valley and Glen housing associations, and Fife Housing Group.

The focus of the framework will be the development of new build properties for social rent in partnership with Fife Council, though it will be open to a number of local authorities and registered social landlords, including Perth & Kinross, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, and Angus Councils, as well as Angus Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative.

Esh Border Construction has further signed up to a four year contractor services framework with Hillcrest Housing Association for new build, refurb and regeneration projects with a regional focus on Dundee, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The new Places for People partnership – a four year development framework split geographically and by value – is meanwhile designed to encourage uptake from public bodies looking to progress all types of construction jobs, while retaining a prime focus on housing.

Esh Border Construction will also work with Places for People on south-east and south-west Scotland projects ranging in values from £1m up to £20m plus.

The LAR framework will meanwhile last for a four year term and is aimed at those who are willing to design and build homes according to the housing trust’s specification on sites that are owned by it or under its control.

Esh Border Construction also successfully tendered for the Thenue Housing Association Development & Major Repairs Framework, which will include a £7.5m new build project at Abercromby Street in Calton, Glasgow, as well as the development of various small gap or demolition sites as they are identified and procured.

Finally, the City of Edinburgh Housing Asset Management Framework will see Esh Border Construction engaged on general fabric repair work across the council’s extensive housing stock of some 19,800 homes with contract values ranging from less than £1m to greater than £1m.

Regional managing director of Esh Border Construction, Simon Phillips, said: “Our strong reputation for successful delivery of both new build and refurbishment projects has resulted in a multi-million pound pipeline of social housing projects, and we continue to expand that further with fresh framework partnerships.

“Winning contracts through these types of agreements undoubtedly forms a significant part of our growth strategy.

“In turn, they ensure that registered providers have a wealth of high quality contractors available at a time when there’s particularly high demand.

“In signing up to these progressive frameworks, we have utilised our significant experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, including education, retail, industrial, commercial, leisure, public, healthcare, and historic buildings.

“We are proud to be part of each of them, and look forward to delivering on their aims, ultimately providing essential, attractive, and affordable properties across Scotland amid an acknowledged lack of housing stock.

“That’s without compromising on a desire to create sustainable family homes that are sympathetic to the surrounding area.”

Glasgow sites made available for housing associations to build 750 homes

Glasgow aerial view stockGlasgow City Council has approved the disposal of 16 sites across the city to allow for the construction of approximately 750 new social homes.

Areas to benefit from this decision include Baillieston, Barlanark, Bridgeton, Castlemilk, Cranhill, Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Kelvinbridge, Milton, Partick, Pollokshaws, Royston, Shettleston, and Springburn.

The council will now negotiate with a number of housing associations in terms of the disposal of these unoccupied sites, some of which are cleared and some which still contain buildings to be demolished.

It is expected that the work will generate £60 million of economic activity.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the city, providing social housing in communities all across Glasgow as these sites are developed.  The council’s decision will help to deliver the new homes that we need as our population increases and changes, and also make a £60m boost to Glasgow’s economy. This work will create new jobs in the construction industry for local people.”

Welcoming the announcement, Annie Mauger, executive director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, told our sister publication Scottish Housing News: “A key challenge in meeting the Scottish Government’s affordable housing target of 50,000 new homes by 2021 is to ensure that social landlords are able to access the land they need in order to deliver new homes. In that context, all efforts by local authorities to free up more sites for affordable housing are extremely welcome as is this latest announcement from Glasgow City Council.”

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) called on council to release some of the land to some of the city’s smaller housing providers, especially those who are the main local housing association in the area.

Director David Bookbinder told Scottish Housing News: “This is a significant announcement by the council, as the key to the expanded new build programme is unlocking land and then making sure the right homes are built in the right places. This land release gives very welcome opportunities to some community controlled housing associations to make a sustainable, high quality contribution to the programme.

“But across the city, and indeed the Forum’s wider area, we’re aware of a number of examples of larger associations being invited to build in areas where the long-established, local association has been overlooked, and there are at least two such examples in the 16 sites announced here.

“We understand why numbers are important. But if we’re building large, mono-tenure developments in areas where local landlords have previously been told there’s no demand for social housing, we’ll be storing up problems for the future, not least in relation to the impact such provision will have on existing stock owned by local associations.”

Wheatley Group director of property and development, Tom Barclay, said: “One of our priorities at Wheatley is helping increase the supply of affording housing in our communities in Glasgow.

“Releasing further sites that we, and others, can build on is key to this and we look forward to continuing to work with Glasgow City Council, as well as the Scottish Government, on tackling the shortage of homes for social rent.”

A spokesman for Thenue Housing added: “This is just the early Christmas present from the city council that Glasgow needs. Few things matter more than good housing because it is the lifeblood of communities and we are extremely grateful for the willingness of Glasgow City Council to help us build more homes.

“Ours will be in Castlemilk and Bridgeton where we have existing housing and this news will be greatly welcomed by both communities. We will be building 47 properties in Bridgeton and 22 in Castlemilk and work will get under way in January.”

Thenue Housing plans edge closer after compulsorily purchase approval

Thenue-HousingThe Scottish Government has given Glasgow City Council permission to compulsorily purchase 14 areas of land on the edge of Glasgow Green to pave the way for Thenue Housing Association to develop new homes.

The majority of the sites on London Road, Monteith Row and Monteith Place have been cleared of tenements and have been lying vacant for years.

Thenue wants to build new homes on the land but faced problems as the owners were missing or unknown.

But the Evening Times reports that Scottish ministers have now agreed the city council can purchase the land by compulsory purchase orders.

The land will be transferred to the housing association which plans a first phase of 10 homes, a second phase of work which will entail converting the existing Monteith Hotel into six units and a 30-home third phase. It is expected work will start in the next few months.

A spokesman for Thenue Housing Association confirmed to our sister publication Scottish Housing News: “We are very pleased that something which has been in the pipeline for five or six years will soon be a reality.

“It means we can build new houses in the East End where they are much needed and hope to be doing just that by next summer.”

Monteith Row was built in 1891 on Calton Green and named after then Lord Provost Henry Monteith.

By the 1980s, most of Monteith Row was taken down and all that remains is the Monteith Hotel which provides accommodation for 25 homeless men.

First residents move into the Athletes’ Village

First residents 2

The award-winning Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock, which was home to around 7,000 competitors and officials during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has welcomed its first new residents.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, was joined by first minister Nicola Sturgeon, Ed Monaghan of the City Legacy consortium, Gordon Sloan, chair, Glasgow Housing AssociationCharlie Turner, chief executive, Thenue Housing Association and Carron Garmory, chief executive, West of Scotland Housing Association to greet the first residents on Friday.

Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “This is a special day for Glasgow, as we mark the first residents of the Athletes’ Village. The Athletes’ Village will always have a special place in the hearts of Glaswegians when we think back to the fantastic Commonwealth Games, but today we look to the future and an exciting new neighbourhood for Glasgow.

“The build quality of these homes is the highest in a housing development in Glasgow, raising the bar in what can be expected in the city and beyond. The city council has received a great deal of praise for the imaginative planning of this development, and I look forward to everyone living here enjoying the success of this new community in the years to come.”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This award-winning new housing development provided a fantastic home for the sporting stars in Glasgow last summer and I am delighted to be able to meet some of the new residents who will be making their new home in this community. The transformation and regeneration of Dalmarnock is an important part of the lasting legacy of the Games. With the Athletes’ Village, the new community hub, the Cuningar Loop woodland, the sporting venues, businesses, jobs and investment, the East End can continue to thrive.”

After a retrofit that began shortly after the Games, the Athletes’ Village has now become a desirable new residential community with 300 private homes, 400 homes for social rent and a new 120-bed care home for the elderly on the 38.5 hectare site.

By end of this week, over 100 of these homes will be occupied, with residents moving into the rest by the end of summer 2015.  Of the socially rented homes, 200 will be for Thenue Housing Association, 102 for West of Scotland Housing Association and 98 for Glasgow Housing Association. The sale of the private homes has been phenomenally successful, with over 250 sold already.

The proposal for the Village has high design and environmental standards – the highest in Scotland for a development of this size – and during the construction phase, a massive 98 per cent reduction in carbon emissions was achieved.

In addition, a Combined Heat and Power system developed by Glasgow City Council and built by City Legacy will deliver a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions at this world-class eco-village.  Solar and photovoltaic panels will provide reduced energy bills – dependant on usage – and export any surplus to the grid.

The construction of the Athletes’ Village saw a peak workforce of 620, with 84 apprentices, 61 other new entrant posts and 139 work placements from City Legacy.

Ed Monaghan of the City Legacy consortium, said: “Today is a significant milestone for everyone who has been involved in the design, construction and the delivery of The Village.  The exceptional build quality, the excellent standards of energy efficiency and the unparalleled sustainable nature of the development have been recognised the world over.  It’s a tremendous achievement for City Legacy and a fantastic legacy for Glasgow as we officially welcome our residents into their vibrant new east end community.”

Glasgow City Council will build a primary school and nursery school on two sites within and beside the Athletes’ Village.

The removal of temporary facilities around the Athletes’ Village after the Games has released additional land with the potential for further residential development.  City Legacy has submitted an application for a further 200 homes – immediately to the south-west of the site – and the development of future phases is being considered.

The residential properties achieved an Excellent rating in an EcoHomes Assessment, as did the care home in a BREEAM assessment.  The Athletes’ Village is Housing for Varying Needs compliant and has been awarded Secure by Design accreditation.

The Athletes’ Village has won 20 awards so far, including Best Sustainable Development at the Scottish Business Awards, winner in theLarge Scale Housing Development category at the Scottish Saltire Design Awards, and the Regeneration winner at the Scottish Design Awards.

The Athletes’ Village is very close to both the Emirates Arena and the Clyde Gateway route – linking the M74 to the heart of Glasgow’s East End – which are also very visible examples of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Immediately across the River Clyde from the Athletes’ Village is the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, a new 15 hectare site with 15,000 trees, due to open in the next few months.  The park will be connected to the Athletes’ Village by a bridge later in 2015.

Between the Athletes’ Village and the Emirates Arena is the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub – a centre for the local community featuring a GP surgery, children’s nursery, chemist and shop – which is also due to open over the next few months.

Construction on the Athletes’ Village began in June 2011.