CCG and East Renfrewshire Council embarked on a journey to create ‘the first new build council homes in a generation’ back in 2018 where a strategic partnership has led to the delivery of 35 affordable homes across three developments and a further 48 under construction in support of a 200+unit council programme.
Working directly with the council and our design partners, CCG was able to create a new standard for housebuilding in East Renfrewshire by utilising CCG’s own house types tailored to meet design and accessibility standards of the council and the end-user. Furthermore, the use of offsite methods of construction and the ‘iQ’ Timber System has enabled tenants to benefit from the long-term added value brought by enhanced energy performance.
Evelyn Milligan, 60, was facing homelessness until she received the call from the council’s housing team to confirm she had been allocated one of the new flats at Roberston Street.
Evelyn said: “Having worked my entire life, I had to give up my job in 2018 due to a number of health issues. My housing benefit wasn’t enough to cover my rent so I was going to be evicted by my landlord. I had searched for private properties that I could afford and wasn’t finding anything suitable.
“So you can imagine my delight when I took the call from the Housing team offering me this flat. My sister and I were in tears, we couldn’t believe it. I had visions of having to move away from my family, to a place where I would be isolated, but here I am in a lovely flat, with nice neighbours, in a great location and most importantly, I feel safe – I am so happy.”
Each project has also helped sustain a programme of community benefit with a range of initiatives tailored to meet the needs of od community members, local groups and projects. In total, 4 full-time jobs, 3 trade apprenticeships, 12 work placements and a series of curriculum support programmes for schools were achieved over a 2-year period.
Financial donations were also provided to local community groups. CCG donated £1.5k to the All About Barrhead at The Foundry to contribute to the Funding for an intern from the local area who’s role involves developing, delivering and marketing public events and other local marketing initiatives. Arthurlie Juniors, a local football club in Barrhead, also received a £2,500 donation to help them buy new equipment including a motorised lawnmower for their football pitch.
Most recently, a £4000 donation was provided to the Include Me 2 Club in Barrhead as a direct result of the Balgraystone development comprising – 48 affordable homes – that commenced on-site in October 2020.
All of the projects that are constructed as part of East Renfrewshire Council and CCG’ strategic partnership are procured via the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) framework.