Work begins on city-centre homes

Work has started on a new affordable housing development in Glasgow.

New Lowther homes being built at Little Dovehill

A total of 32 mid-market rent flats are set to transform a vacant site located on the corner of Little Dovehill and Bell Street.

The homes will be built by GHA and managed by Lowther Homes. The project is supported by grant funding of £2.4m from Glasgow City Council.

Designed by John Gilbert Architects, Dovehill will have a mix of 29 two-bedroom flats and three one-bedroom properties specially designed for wheelchair users.

A private back court area with amenity space will also be provided alongside five parking spaces including three suitable for wheelchair users and two available for those using the Glasgow City Car Club, with all being compatible for electric charging.

The development will meet the ‘Glasgow Standard' of space and energy efficiency compliance and will be delivered by Glasgow-based contactor CCG (Scotland) Ltd with works set to be complete in the summer of next year.

The project is one of three development sites critical to realising the regeneration vision set out in the council’s Calton Area Development Framework and Calton-Barras 5-year Action Plan.

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group’s Director of Development said: “We’re looking forward to seeing these new city centre homes take shape. Mid-market rent is a great option for people who may not qualify for social housing and help with the supply of affordable homes across the city.”

The development at LittleDovehill is close to Watson Street, where CCG is building 46 mid-market homes for Lowther Homes, which should be finished next year, and Lowther Homes’ award-winning conversion of the former Bell Street Stables which was completed in 2019.

CCG Managing Director, David Wylie added: “The regeneration of this derelict site will positively support new build housing supply in the city centre and we look forward to working with Wheatley Group as the programme progresses.”

As a direct result of the development, CCG has also committed to providing a range of community benefit initiatives including jobs, training and work placements as well as localised investment.

Pictured above is an artist’s impression of how the new homes may look.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020