Residents move into new Laurieston homes
August 15 2014housing-led regeneration of Laurieston, Glasgow, is being marked today in what is being billed as Scotland’s largest ever single housing association grant-funded project.
Keys are being handed over to the first tenants by New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) today in a significant milestone toward realisation of a wider £100m master plan for the area.
Once one of Glasgow’s most densely populated areas the district has been decimated by failed regeneration schemes in the 1960s, prompting authorities to go back to square one for a second stab at success.
To that end the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council work with NGHA and developer Urban Union appoint Urban Initiatives to draw up a master plan, later refined by Page\Park. Both Page\Park and Elder & Cannon subsequently developed designs for phase one housing to stage D.
NGHA’s chairperson, Raymond Shannon, commented: “The ambition for Laurieston was to create a beautiful new neighbourhood with a real ‘sense of place’ and I think, collectively, we have achieved that. The development will also integrate well with the 1970s tenements in the adjacent Eglinton Court.”
Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council’s executive member for business and the economy said: “The exemplary design procured by NGHA will set the tone for what is sure to become one of the city centre’s most desirable urban neighbourhoods, providing high quality homes across a range of affordability levels.”
A second phase of 108 homes for sale and mid-market rent is scheduled to begin in September. Future phases hold out the prospect of further homes, retail, hotel accommodation and community facilities.
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