Housing provider Sanctuary Scotland has taken a major step in its £75 million regeneration of the town’s 12 high-rise blocks.
The first of four brand-new blocks of 24 homes in Newlands Place, Seafar, was handed over to residents this month. These 96 flats are being built primarily to rehouse those who live in Allanfauld Road’s three high-rises, which will be demolished in 2015. The £10.4 million Newlands Place development complements Sanctuary’s Fleming Road flats, which in 2012 housed the first 31 families to leave Allanfauld Road. Those yet to move from Allanfauld Road’s high-rises will be rehoused before Christmas.
Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s Head of Development – Scotland, said: “The handover of the first block in Newlands Place is a significant milestone in our regeneration of Cumbernauld’s high-rise blocks.
“The initial feedback from residents is very positive and is testament to the quality of the job done by our contractor Ogilvie Construction.
“The completion of the remaining three blocks at Newlands Place will allow us to empty the old Allanfauld Road high-rises, and arrange for their demolition next year.
“We look forward to rehousing more high-rise residents in new, high quality homes over the next couple of months.”
The next decade will see all 12 Cumbernauld blocks demolished and replaced with more than 400 high quality homes. Sanctuary’s plans have been developed with the support of residents, the Scottish Government and North Lanarkshire Council.