SCOTLAND’S First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP officially opened a ‘pivotal new development’ in the Gorbals, Glasgow, and singled out years of successful community control for special praise.
A double-celebration, New Gorbals Housing Association [NGHA] celebrated 30 years of community ownership as well as the opening of their new offices, a development of 28 homes for social rent and a new public piazza.
This exciting project is the latest addition to the overall regeneration of Crown Street, in the very heart of Gorbals, and was delivered by CCG with the office building providing a greatly improved experience for customers and NGH staff, with a larger reception area and accessible interview rooms and the new homes being a welcome addition to improving affordable housing supply in the area.
Linda Malone, Chairperson of New Gorbals Housing Association, said:
“This marks the completion of the vision we shared with NHS Scotland and Glasgow City Council to transform this site, where the Sandiefield multi-storey blocks once stood. Six years on from their demolition our project has delivered 28 homes for social rent, a fantastic new health centre, our housing office and a public piazza.
“The Gorbals Piazza shows our ambition to go beyond just housing. Good placemaking, good streets, and quality public spaces are essential to creating communities that work for the people who live in them.”
Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:
“This new development evidences the power, the value and the work of community control. What we’ve seen in the Gorbals is about allowing communities to direct and dictate the pace of change and shape of change in development. It’s much bigger than just housing; it’s about places for people to live in a broader sense, it’s about building and sustaining genuine, vibrant, flourishing communities.”
Glasgow City Council Leader, Councillor Susan Aitken, added:
“This is the third incarnation of the Gorbals since its time as a village. There’s a reason why this one has worked; community ownership. The work of the New Gorbals team shows us that getting housing right is absolutely critical. But it is not an end in itself. It’s about creating a community, a place, a neighbourhood with real liveability. For Glasgow to become the city we want it to be we need to replicate this on a grand scale.”
CCG delivered the office and housing block in tandem working with our respective design partners Page/Park and Elder and Cannon.
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