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June 2 2017

£150m Newton Mearns housing scheme given go-ahead
A £150m development of 834 new homes and a primary school has been given the all clear in Newton Mearns by east Renfrewshire Council.

Maidenhill is a joint venture between CALA Homes and Taylor Wimpey on land off Ayr Road including a range of properties from one-bedroom flats through to five bedroom houses alongside a new primary and nursery school.

Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), commented: “We are committed to creating a development that complements and becomes an extension to neighbouring communities whilst meeting the housing need in Newton Mearns at the same time.

Willie Burns, director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, added: “Our first on-site priority will be to build roads and the framework to enable delivery of the new school located at the heart of the development, which is targeted to open in two years’ time.”

135,000sq/ft of land will be set aside as community open space.

5 Comments

Philip
#1 Posted by Philip on 2 Jun 2017 at 18:08 PM
Why are projects such as these- mass market, national house builder suburban dross, devoid of any recognisable architectural input or contribution to the 'Urban Realm' featured on erm...Urban Realm???
Graeme McCormick
#2 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 5 Jun 2017 at 10:28 AM
They really are desperate. No attempt to give any individuality to each property; just lines of houses with the odd cul-de-sac to squeeze in extra houses.
Urban Realm
#3 Posted by Urban Realm on 5 Jun 2017 at 11:54 AM
Hi Philip - An express aim of this project was to create an 'urban quarter' centred on a new school, whether it succeeds or fails in that aim I will leave open.

Design work on Maidenhill primary is being undertaken by BDP. GD Lodge are overseeing the residential masterplan with Iain Gaul Architects.
https://ercbuildingstandards.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/buildingstandards/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OFYEHKGPM0J00
James Hepburn
#4 Posted by James Hepburn on 5 Jun 2017 at 15:41 PM
Scotland's house builders seem to suffer from a collective lack of imagination. This is no exception. Its another monument to mediocrity. Tiny boxes for exorbitant prices. When you see the strides taken by builders on the continent it makes you weep.
Philip
#5 Posted by Philip on 5 Jun 2017 at 18:26 PM
Thanks UR. 'Urban Quarter' and 'Garden Villages' are now commonly adopted by house builders to flatter their banal offerings...and to tickle the nethers of local planning departments and members alike. Such 'branded' developments increase sales and prices too no doubt. Cynical, moi?

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