Barnardo's acquires vacant Maryhill site for Gap Homes initiative
June 11 2021
Glasgow City Council has handed a vacant plot in Maryhill to children's charity Barnardo's for the nominal sum of £1 to facilitate delivery of a pilot project to enable young people leaving the care system to live semi-independent lives.
The quarter-acre site at the corner of Shiskine Drive and Duart Street, currently languishing on the vacant and derelict land register, will incorporate five one-bedroom bungalows including one larger property for on-site staff.
Bailie Malcolm Balfour, chair of the council's contracts and property committee said: “The sale of this site will allow the development of a project to support young people as they move from care to independent living, giving the chance to make a positive start to their adult lives. The building of these homes will offer the opportunity for this important transition to take place for the first time in Glasgow, and at the same time regenerate a vacant site in the city.”
As part of the charities Gap Homes initiative the project is being led by O'DonnellBrown Architects and will take the form of a self-contained courtyard behind the retained stone boundary wall of a former churchyard.
Similar Gap Homes initiatives are currently being progressed in Stirling and Fife.