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New sustainable housing development gets underway in Govanhill

Forty-five new homes for mid-market rent.

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Work is underway on a new sustainable housing development in Glasgow’s Govanhill area, created by construction company CCG (Scotland) Ltd on behalf of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), part of Wheatley Group.

The development will be situated on Batson Street, on the site of the former Victoria Primary School, and will consist of 45 new homes for mid-market rent.

The homes are being built on behalf of GHA and will be managed and let by GHA’s partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes. 

The affordable housing will comprise eight one-bedroom flats, 32 two-bedroom flats and five two and three-bedroom houses. The development will also have 25 car parking spaces as well as a generous central landscaped courtyard with shared drying areas and amenities.  

The new homes will be constructed using CCG’s own iQ timber frame system, which is manufactured in its bespoke off-site manufacturing facility in Cambuslang. Panelised wall systems are delivered to site with insulation, internal wall linings, windows and doors pre-installed to provide enhanced levels of quality and environmental performance. This approach also allows a faster speed of build when on site, an advantage in this densely populated area of the city. 

With the addition of solar photovoltaic panels, the new homes will ensure long-term energy savings for the future residents. 

Work started in January, and the homes should be ready by spring next year. 

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group Director of Regeneration, said: 

“These modern, stylish, energy efficient homes will make a big difference to this part of the city.

“Wheatley is dedicated to increasing the supply of affordable housing across Glasgow, and mid-market rent is a good option for people who may not qualify for social housing.”

Calum Murray, Director of CCG, said: 

“Batson street represents one of several projects due to be delivered with Wheatley Group in 2018, and CCG are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership in delivering high-quality, affordable housing in Glasgow.

“This is an exciting new development which will bring much needed affordable housing to Govanhill and, through our capabilities in off-site manufacturing and construction, residents are set to benefit from enhanced levels of environmental performance and reduced energy bills.”

A series of job and training opportunities will be available as a direct result of this project via the Wheatley Foundation, including trade apprenticeships and training programmes with CCG, work placements, academic support as well as support to local community projects and enterprises.