A former Co-Op supermarket site located on Wellmeadow Street in the west end of Paisley has been transformed by Sanctuary Homes and CCG into a “magnificent” new affordable housing development.
The £6.2 million project consists of 39 homes – 24 flats and 15 houses – for social rent and is seen as the first step to regenerating the area with further housing projects set to be delivered over the next 2 years.
James Hayes is one of 11 people to move into Wellmeadow Street as part of the West End regeneration initiative. The 81-year-old is thrilled to have a ground-floor flat after 44 years having to struggle with stairs.
He said: “It’s magnificent. I can take my mobility scooter into my flat and no longer need to leave it outside. Moving here has given me a new lease of life. I love everything about my flat, even the kitchen sink.”
Michelle Calderwood and children Ellie, Corey and Layla moved into a semi-detached house from a 1st floor flat in Gallowhill.
Michelle said: “The kids are never out of the garden, they absolutely love it. It’s made a massive difference to our lives.”
Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, and Councillor Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, visited the development on Tuesday 16th of July.
A £3.4m grant from the Scottish Government made the project possible.
Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted to see the real difference these new homes are already making to the people living in them, and to the wider community. A house is so much more than just somewhere to live – it provides a sense of belonging and pride, inspiring independence and wellbeing.
“High-quality developments like this are a testament to the strong partnership working between housing associations, local authorities and the construction industry.
“Housing is central to our vision for a fairer Scotland, playing a vital role in eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive growth and creating vibrant, well-connected communities.
“We want everyone in Scotland to have a warm, affordable, safe place to live. That’s why we’re investing a record £3 billion for 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 are for social rent.”
Cllr Nicolson said: “We are committed to delivering high-quality, affordable homes across Renfrewshire and we’re keen to work with partners like Sanctuary to create thriving communities.
“The redevelopment of the former Co-Op site is a key stage in the wider regeneration plans of Paisley’s west end and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation of this area continue.”
CCG commenced works at Wellmeadow Street in April 2018 and utilised the enhanced closed panel ‘iQ’ Timber System for construction, providing enhanced levels of thermal performance and speed of build. Furthermore, CCG Manufacturing designed and manufactured all internal, flat entrance, common and close entry door sets.
A series of community benefit initiatives were also delivered as a direct result of the project including 2 full-time jobs, 2 trade apprenticeships, 5 work placements and curriculum support for local schools. CCG also donated £25,000 toward the creation of the “Sanctuary Gardens” space, a former piece of derelict land located on Underwood Road that has been transformed into a community growing garden managed by the West End Ground Association.
Hear what Kevin Stewart MSP had to say about Wellmeadow Street.
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