Building Futures

CCG & East Renfrewshire Council

East Renfrewshire Council embarked on a journey to create their first new build council homes in a generation in 2018 where a strategic partnership with CCG has helped deliver 82 affordable homes across the town of Barrhead.

Working directly with the Council and our design team partners, CCG was able to create a new standard for housebuilding in East Renfrewshire by utilising our own house types tailored to meet the design and accessibility standards of the council and the needs of the end-user.

Furthermore, the use of offsite methods of construction and the ‘iQ’ Timber System has enabled tenants to benefit from homes that are of enhanced quality and a vastly improved environmental standard.

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 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.

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 whose 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 Road development, west of Barrhead town centre, which comprises 47 affordable homes that were formally completed in June 2022.

All of the projects that are constructed as part of East Renfrewshire Council and CCG’s strategic partnership are procured via the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) framework.