Building Futures


Housing minister Paul McLennan visited Cumbernauld to formally mark the replacement of the town’s 12 tower blocks with 588 high-quality new homes.

Sanctuary Scotland worked with the Scottish Government and North Lanarkshire Council to demolish a dozen high-rises and regenerate four sites across Seafar and Kildrum.

The striking final phase of the project in Burns Road, Cumbernauld, is now home to more than 200 residents. The £24 million development provides 131 affordable flats, plus an office for Sanctuary’s local staff team with construction led by CCG.

Frances Park moved to the Burns Road development in August 2022.

Frances, who runs a volunteer-led community hub in the town, said:

“Living in Burns Road is like being in a totally different world, me and my husband love it. The move has given us a wonderful new start at this time of our life.

“Sanctuary has done really well developing the surrounding area. There’s a new play park for children and the restoration of green spaces has given us a beautiful view.”

The Scottish Government paid £68.2 million towards the regeneration project’s total cost of just over £100 million.

Housing Minister Paul McLennan said:

“We want everyone to have a safe, warm affordable home that meets their needs. Taking these tower blocks and creating new vibrant communities demonstrates what partnership working can achieve and I thank all of those involved.

“Supported by more than £12 million Scottish Government funding, these 131 affordable homes at Burns Road include 121 homes for social rent and 10 shared equity properties, contributing to our commitment of 110,000 affordable homes by 2032 of which at least 70% will be for social rent.”

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