New GHA homes take shape on site of Garscadden school
Work has started on 70 new affordable homes being built by contractor CCG for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) on the site of a former primary school in Glasgow.
GHA is building the homes for mid-market rent on land occupied by Garscadden Primary until it closed in 2017. Once completed, the flats and houses will be let and managed by Lowther Homes, also part of Wheatley.
The development at Hurlford Avenue, part-funded with a £5.8 million grant from Glasgow City Council, should be finished by early 2022. The homes are designed to cater for a wide range of people with a mix of one and two-bedroom flats, two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom cottage flats. Eight flats will be wheelchair accessible.
Bernadette Hewitt, GHA chair, said: “We’re delighted to start work on this exciting new development. These modern, energy efficient homes will provide much-needed affordable housing in a sought-after area and make a significant difference to the local community.”
Tenants moving into the completed homes will be well served by public transport and local amenities, with regular buses and trains to the city centre. The new development also includes a landscaped garden and children’s play area.
David Wylie, CCG managing director, said: “I am in no doubt that the regeneration of this site will positively contribute towards the local community, both with the creation of new affordable homes as well as a wide range of community benefit initiatives including jobs, training and support for schools. We look forward to continuing our work with GHA and Lowther on this exciting development.”
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, added: “It’s great to see the start of work on these affordable, high-quality homes in Garscadden, a development which will be of great benefit to the area. These flats and houses will become home to a range of people and families, improving their lives and the community in which they will be located. We were delighted to support this fantastic project.”
Mid-market rent homes are increasingly popular among those on low to modest incomes who are struggling to buy a home or rent privately but are unlikely to be given priority for social housing. Lowther Homes has a growing portfolio of over 1200 mid-market rental homes in Glasgow, Edinburgh and across central Scotland.