South Lanarkshire Council and CCG have broken ground on another new council house development in Carluke. Built on twin sites off Kirkton Road and Union Street that formerly held the council’s Q and A office and a garage, the development comprises 18 high-quality amenity flats and is expected to be completed by Spring next year.
Daniel Lowe, Executive Director of Housing and Technical Resources at South Lanarkshire Council, who carried out the traditional cutting of the first sod, said:
“I am delighted to officially start construction work on this latest development. Improving the quality and range of housing suitable for meeting a wider range of needs is a key strand of South Lanarkshire Council’s Local Housing Strategy, and the council’s Home+ new-build programme provides an important opportunity to address the needs of older residents and people with particular needs.
“These flats are specifically designed to be suitable for older people and this is something that is greatly needed in Carluke. Built to the latest standards of accessibility these spacious amenity flats incorporate a range of design features that will enable older people to live independently in their own homes, for longer.”
“This project is typical of many empty sites that have been re-used by the council to help meet the pressing shortage of affordable housing across South Lanarkshire. Like this one, these sites are in great locations, putting affordable housing where it’s needed in the heart of established communities.
“The council’s Home+ programme, supported by Scottish Government affordable housing grant subsidy, continues to make good progress in delivering new homes to tenants throughout South Lanarkshire. With 168 new homes complete to date, and a further nine projects scheduled to deliver a further 210 homes in 2018/19 on sites in Clydesdale, East Kilbride, Hamilton and Blantyre, we are well on our way to delivering our target of 1000 homes by 2021.”
The development will comprise three blocks, each of six flats, with associated car parking and landscaping. The three-storey buildings will be of high-quality modern design using composite materials on the external walls and will have solar panels installed on the roofs. Each block will have access to a sheltered bin store and a drying area.
CCG will lead the construction for the development and upon their completion, they will be developed and managed by the Council to provide amenity housing. The flats have been designed for disabled access and also contain a lift.
CCG Chairman and Chief Executive Alastair Wylie said:
“CCG is delighted to be working with South Lanarkshire Council again at Kirkton Road on what is an ideal town centre location in Carluke. With an ageing population, the construction of these amenity flats will go a long way to supporting the needs of the community and, with CCG’s construction experience, we will ensure that they are delivered to the highest standards of quality and environmental efficiency.”
The homes’ environmental performance will be further enhanced with energy-saving products such as an enhanced level of insulation specification, solar panels and modern heating systems and boilers, ensuring that the residents will benefit from savings on their energy bills.
To specifically meet the needs of older people, the properties will have lift access, large entrance halls and gardens with designated seating areas, while disabled spaces will be included among the parking facilities.
The Kirkton Avenue project was procured through the SPA NH1 Framework.