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Work starts on transforming former church site into affordable housing

Forty-nine new mid-market rent homes being built on the site of the former Hermon Baptist Church, and former women’s hostel, in Inglefield Street, Govanhill.

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Work has started to transform a derelict site in the south side of Glasgow into much-needed affordable homes.

A total of 49 new mid-market rent homes are being built on the site of the former Hermon Baptist Church, and former women’s hostel, in Inglefield Street, Govanhill.

The homes will be built for GHA by contractors CCG and let and managed by GHA’s partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes.

The homes, a mix of one and two-bedroom flats, should be ready by summer next year.

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group’s Director of Development, said: “We want to provide more quality, affordable homes for people to live in right across the city.

“Mid-market rent homes are a good option for people who may not qualify for social housing but who can’t afford to buy or pay full-market rent.”

Glasgow-based contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd will lead the construction of the project, using its expertise in the off-site manufacture of timber systems to deliver enhanced levels of energy performance.

The addition of A-rated appliances and solar PV will further aid in reducing carbon emissions and encouraging energy savings.

CCG Managing Director David Wylie said: “The new Inglefield Street development is the latest to be undertaken by GHA and CCG in the city, and we are excited to bring more modern, energy-efficient homes to Govanhill.

“As a continuation of our great partnership, the new homes will also be complemented by a series of initiatives for the local community, including the provision of jobs, apprenticeship and training opportunities and investment. We look forward to working with GHA as we move forward to a summer-2020 completion.”

Pictured: Artist impression of build.