Southside Housing Association completes new development in Pollokshields

Southside Housing Association completes new development in Pollokshields

Southside Housing Association has celebrated the completion of its new build development at St Andrews Drive, the last of three phases of development works at Pollokshields.

The 120 homes in the last phases were added to the 49 already completed in the summer of 2019.

The project has been supported by the local community and Southside Housing Association welcomed guests to the official opening and to take the opportunity to view some of the properties on the site.

The journey of this project began in March 2011, when the Association acquired 272 deck access flats from Glasgow Housing Association as part of the Pollokshields stock transfer agreement. These flats, spanning three distinct phases, had suffered chronic issues including dampness, poor insulation, and security problems for decades.

The new properties were designed by jmarchitects and built by both Cruden Building & Renewals Ltd (phase 1) and CCG (Scotland) Ltd (phases 2 and 3). Both phase 2 and 3 have been shortlisted for the Scottish Design Awards 2024 in the Residential Category.

The completed development presents a contemporary example of urban living with a simple palette of brick tones that brings continuity and harmony across the masterplan. Set within a mature landscape that provides shared private and public garden spaces, children’s natural play spaces, rain gardens, wildflower zones and extensive tree planting designed to enhance the environment, biodiversity, and the well-being of new residents and the surrounding neighbourhood. Homes are further enhanced by private terraces, recessed balconies, and large windows with juliette balconies creating bright, open living spaces for the enjoyment of residents.

Southside Housing Association completes new development in Pollokshields

The project achieves the requirements of Housing for Varying Needs, The Glasgow Standard, Secured by Design (Gold Standard) and Glasgow City Council’s ‘Gold Hybrid’ standard for sustainability.

Alex Cameron, chairperson of Southside Housing Association, said: “Our new homes are more than just buildings; they are a testament to sustainable living.

“The project emphasises minimising carbon usage and energy consumption, featuring high levels of insulation, triple glazing, heat recovery systems, on-site bicycle parking and charging points for electric vehicles.

“We are not only celebrating the completion of these new homes, but the creation of a community where people want to live. A community built from durable materials, designed to serve the local community for many years to come.”

Mr Patrick Feeney, a new resident at the site is delighted with his new flat. He added: “Our favourite feature is the balcony. It’s great having our own private outdoor space, which we didn’t have in a traditional tenement before.

“Our flat was so warm over winter, which makes a huge difference to our bills, and we are already establishing a really positive community spirit.”

The Association plans to hold a celebration day with the community this summer, where residents can enjoy coming together at the new site to meet neighbours and friends.
The next phase of community development in the area has already started, as Southside is currently consulting the community on their views around the existing play park on St. Andrews Drive. The results will go alongside a recent feasibility study carried out in the area, which will help inform future improvements.

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