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Clyde Valley holds open days for new development

Former school converted into 34 new affordable homes.

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Over the course of a week in October, Clyde Valley Housing Association (CVHA) was delighted to hold a series of open days, which saw over 700 people visit its new social housing development in the centre of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.

The development was a former school, and many of the visitors were ex-pupils and staff who were delighted to see the building persevered and put to good use. One visitor said: “It’s a beautiful new start”.

Clyde Valley, in partnership with Rosewood Homes, undertook the development which was the result of a £4.4 million investment, funded through subsidy from Scottish Government and Clyde Valley Housing Association. This has allowed the building to be preserved and provided 34 new high-quality affordable, helping to support the Larkhall community.

The school, originally called Union Street School, opened in 1866 and was a secondary school up to 1974. It was then the home of Glengowan Primary School until the new Glengowan school opened in 2012. The building was used, for a brief period, as decant accommodation, as other schools were provided in the area, but closed in 2015.

CVHA was delighted to have pupils from the new Glengowan Primary School attend the open day and showcase their artwork of the school, which was the result of a school competition during the October Holidays.

Allan Murray, Chairperson of CVHA, said: “We are proud to have retained a spectacular building that is a big part of Larkhall’s history.

“We were overwhelmed so many people visited on our open days. Many expressed a real sense of nostalgia to see what had been achieved. This development represents town centre regeneration at its best, with 34 quality affordable properties being delivered in the heart of a vibrant town centre.”