Building Futures

FORMER SCHOOL SITE TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO 55 NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES

WORK to build 55 affordable new homes on the site of a former primary school in Dumbarton is underway.

The 1.9-acre site – which used to house Aitkenbar Primary School before it was demolished in 2016 – is being transformed by CCG on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council into a development that will include 24 one-bedroom flats; two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses and four-bedroom detached homes.

Two fully accessible three-bedroom bungalows will also be created.

Tenants living at the new development will benefit from a community garden, which will include a seating area, shrubbery and artwork designed in partnership with local schools and an artist.

A new tree-lined road will also be formed through the centre of the site, from Howatshaws Road, and a new footpath will connect the site with the adjacent children’s play area and woodland path.

Councillors gathered at the site (09/01/2020) to mark the start of work, with Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, cutting the first sod.

Councillor Docherty said: “I am so pleased to see work getting underway at this site. The development will bring a great deal of benefit to the surrounding area, and the facilities on offer will ensure it is a popular site when complete.

“As a Council, we made a pledge under our More Homes Better Homes initiative to deliver 1000 new affordable, energy-efficient homes by 2021. We are on track to reach that target, and that number will contribute to the Scottish Government’s own aims and targets for housing.

“We want our tenants to be proud of their home, and I look forward to seeing them enjoying living in them in the near future.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “Seeing work begin on yet another development homes which are not only affordable but also stylish and environmentally friendly, is wonderful.

“Each home will be built to the same high quality that our design standard requires – which means extra floor space, home office space, flexible layouts and adhering to the Silver standard for energy efficiency.”

Aitkenbar is the second affordable housing development (construction works are progressing on 126 homes at the former St Andrew’s High School site in Clydebank) to have begun construction as part of CCG and West Dunbartonshire Council’s strategic partnership that will see over 400 homes delivered across the region over the next three years. The Clydebank Care Home located at Queens Quay, also under construction, is complementary to the affordable housing programme and is set to be completed this spring.

All of the homes are being constructed using CCG’s ‘iQ’ Timber System in order to deliver enhanced quality and environmental standards whilst an in-depth community benefit programme will be delivered for each project including the creation of jobs, apprenticeships and localised investment.

Pictured: CCG Contracts Manager, Barry Gall, (far left); CCG Director, Calum Murray, (centre-right) alongside local elected members and representatives fro West Dunbartonshire Council.

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