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New homes make riverside living affordable

26 November 2014
Housing officer Saqib Malik gives Catherine and William the keys to their new home

A £5 million housing project in Glasgow’s south side has created 39 affordable riverside homes.

The Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association-built properties in Holmbank Avenue, Shawlands, are proving a hit with residents.

Catherine McDonald moved into a three-bedroom flat with husband William and sons Adam, 25, and Mark, 20. The family had previously rented private accommodation in Crookston.

Catherine said: “We’re still settling in but it’s a large, beautiful property and our neighbours are fantastic. We feel very lucky to have this as our home and can’t wait to host our family at Christmas.

“The lift helps William and the flat in general has given both of us a better quality of life. It is warm, spacious and – being right in the heart of Shawlands – also handy for the shops and train.”

The development was created in partnership with Glasgow City Council, which provided a £2 million grant towards the project. Overlooking the River Cart, it provides much-needed new affordable housing in a very high demand area and includes a first-floor communal deck area. Sanctuary’s Holmbank Avenue development features a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats. Twenty flats were made available to rent to tenants on Sanctuary Scotland’s waiting list. The remaining 19 flats have been marketed through the Scottish Government’s shared equity scheme, with many already sold.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “We are delighted with the feedback we’ve received from those residing in our Holmbank Avenue development.

“This project brings high quality but affordable housing to the south side of Glasgow in an attractive riverside location.”

Construction giant CCG Scotland built the development for Sanctuary Scotland. The project’s community benefits included the provision of picnic benches at St Conval’s Primary School, decorating work within Pollokshaws Road’s Glad Café and the renovation of the toilet facilities at South Shawlands Church.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy, said: “Glasgow City Council is delighted to enable Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association to provide much needed modern flats for social rent and sale on an affordable shared equity basis in a location next to the popular Shawlands town centre, where such development opportunities are in very short supply.

“This is another example of the work we are doing in this part of Glasgow.”