Building Briefs – May 1st

Southside Housing Association homes starting to take shape

Glasgow-based construction firm CCG (Scotland) Ltd is changing the face of Admiral Street in Glasgow’s Kinning Park area as the first of 35 apartments start to take shape.

The specialist contractor and manufacturer is working to build the new properties on behalf of Southside Housing Association having commenced works in November 2017.

The new homes will be delivered in a single, four-storey block comprising one and two bedroom apartments for social rent.

Innovative construction practices are being used on the project with a hybrid timber solution of CCG’s off-site manufactured closed panel timber frame system and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a form of structural timber that offers increased strength and stiffness to rival that of traditional materials as well as enhanced environmental properties.

By removing traditional building materials and wet trades from the common areas, CCG will be able to construct faster and further enhance the environmental performance of the development. The use of CLT further seeks to address current skills and resource challenges facing the industry.

Admiral Street is due for completion in November-2018.


32 Borders roads to benefit from resurfacing programme

A total of 32 Borders roads will be improved as part of a £2.6 million resurfacing programme this year.

The programme is predominantly funded by an additional £1.8m investment announced as part of the Scottish Borders Council budget in February 2018 to target road repairs across the region in 2018/19.

The majority of the programme targets key routes in towns and villages which require improvements.

The council has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that they will provide additional funding to help with the repairs to the road network following the extreme winter weather, which resulted in over 700 repairs being identified on the 3,000km Borders road network. The council awaits further details on how the funding will be allocated amongst Scotland’s 32 councils.


Funding secured to support self-building in Perth and Kinross

Perth & Kinross Council has supported two local successful applications for funding from the Scottish Government to look at providing plots where people can build their own houses from scratch.

The move is part of the council’s commitment to significantly increase local housing provision for local people. Self-build can be particularly valuable in rural areas, where the housing that people require can often be difficult to find.

Many people are looking to build a bespoke home which is tailored to their family needs, but they can find it tough getting the right advice and securing funding. The Scottish Government’s Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund was launched last year to support self-build, following a pilot in the Highlands.

Perth and Kinross has now been chosen for two further pilot schemes following successful bids to the fund:

  • In West Perthshire Fergus Purdie Architects, supported by the council, will look to develop a strategy to deliver self/custom build plots with a focus on providing affordable homes.
  • In Eastern Perthshire the council will support Ritol Consulting to research and explore the potential that custom build could have to provide additional homes in the area.
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