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New homes bring colour to Cumbernauld

7 March 2016
Ochilview Court development in Cumbernauld

A housing project which brings colour to Cumbernauld is proving popular with residents.

Sanctuary’s £4.3 million Ochilview Court development was built on the site of a former nursing home in Seafar.

Most of the 39 flats off Hume Road were handed over to occupants of Hume Road’s high-rise blocks.

Marina Gardiner moved to Ochilview Court from an 11th floor flat in Blair House.

Marina, 82, said: “My new flat is lovely and so much warmer. My old storage heaters wouldn’t have coped with the cold weather we’ve had.

“It’s great to be here, a short walk from my old home. I feel as if I haven’t moved and I can still walk into the town centre.

“Most of the residents are from the neighbouring blocks, so it’s nice to see familiar faces.”

Ochilview Court was built in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government, thanks in part to a £2.9 million grant.

The development has 22 flats for rent and 17 for shared equity sale.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The Council was delighted to help with this project and Sanctuary has done a fantastic job.

“These flats provide safe, secure and warm accommodation and I wish the tenants every happiness.”

Cumbernauld MSP Jamie Hepburn said: “These are high quality new homes for people from the area that will last long into the future.

“This is just one of a range of great investments into new social housing through Sanctuary Group I am pleased to see the Scottish Government supporting.”

Blair House and Scott House will be the only Hume Road high-rises still standing after Drummond House’s demolition later this year. All three blocks will eventually be replaced with further affordable housing as Sanctuary’s regeneration project continues.