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New homes help plug gaps in social hub

6 March 2014
YMCA-YWCA manager Jim Cruickshank is delighted with roof repair

Two giants of social housing and construction teamed up to stop wet weather affecting a popular community hub.

Rain no longer stops play at Cumbernauld’s YMCA-YWCA after Sanctuary instructed GRAHAM Construction to repair the roof. The community benefit investment was sparked by Sanctuary’s £5.8 million project to build 58 affordable homes in Kildrum.

Four leaks were fixed, making the entire building fully usable for the first time in years. The YMCA-YWCA had been unable to secure funding for the work before Sanctuary came to the rescue. The Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA was the first community-based organisation to be established in the new town in November 1960.

Eleanor Campbell, chief executive officer of Cumbernauld YMCA-YWCA, said: “We thank Sanctuary and GRAHAM for making the complex watertight.

“For the past couple of years we’ve been frustrated by wet weather affecting areas inside the building, effectively restricting what we were able to offer.

“We look forward to organising more activities and events for residents across Cumbernauld.”

The last of Sanctuary’s new Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road properties were handed over in December.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary Scotland’s head of development, said: “We are happy to have helped the YMCA-YWCA resolve an issue that has affected the building for years.

“Rain’s common in Cumbernauld, so it’s good that Eleanor and her team no longer have to hope the weather stays dry.

“This is yet another example of a Sanctuary development offering a community benefit over and above high quality, affordable housing. Other groups will benefit as our other Cumbernauld projects proceed.”

The 58 new Kildrum homes are the latest in a substantial development programme by Sanctuary in Cumbernauld. Recently completed projects include 73 houses in Beechwood Court, Carbrain, and 31 flats in Fleming Road, Seafar. The 96 flats which are currently being built on the former Seafar House site mark the start of Sanctuary’s regeneration of the town’s tower blocks.