GROUNDWORKS are now underway at a major, housing-led regeneration in Airdrie that is set to become the first project in Scotland to utilise the ‘CCG Net Zero Home’ building standard.
Consisting of 150-homes, the site at Dykehead Road/ Holehills is part of North Lanarkshire Council’s ambitious programme to demolish its tower blocks and replace them with new high-quality homes for the future. The three-tower blocks at Holehills were recently demolished to make way for this exciting new development which includes 11 new wheelchair standard homes, and a mix of 1 to 4 bedroom homes, including semi-detached, terraced, cottage flats and bungalows.
Construction will be led by CCG and will include 19 ‘pilot’ homes that have been designed using an energy strategy that is based upon the recently launched ‘Net Zero Home’ building standard. The first homes of their kind in Scotland, advanced construction methods and gas-free energy solutions combine to reduce carbon emissions arising from lightning, heating, pumps and fans to a rate less than or equal to zero. As a result, future tenants will receive significant savings on their annual heating costs.
For the Coatbridge area, CCG is also progressing well with plans to deliver 58 new homes at Lismore Drive in Old Monkland. Seven homes have already been completed with all homes ready for tenants by July.
Convener, Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey, said: “Our plans are significant and are already having a positive impact on the lives of our tenants and residents across North Lanarkshire’s communities.
“Our new-build investment is helping to secure more local jobs and is boosting our economy by delivering community benefits, such as apprenticeships, which are agreed when our contracts are put in place. We’re also ensuring there is a housing mix available to support inclusion by being affordable, energy-efficient and suitable for varying needs. We’re doing this not only through our new build homes but by bringing more homes into use through our Open Market Purchase Scheme. It’s important that we increase our supply of homes for rent in support of our tower plans and in meeting the needs and aspirations of our tenants.
“Improving the lives of our tenants and regenerating our local communities and town centres are the drivers behind our plans to realise the council’s vision to make North Lanarkshire the place to live, learn, work, invest and visit.”
The cost of the Holehills development is £27m with a grant funding contribution of £8.8m being made by the Scottish Government.
CCG Managing Director, David Wylie, said: “With the de-carbonisation of new build homes commencing as early as 2024, it is important that we take steps towards net-zero now by aligning housebuilding strategy with construction methods and technology to ensure that we can meet these ambitious emissions targets as well as sustaining housing demand.
“The CCG Net Zero Home standard is a practical, scalable and affordable solution for the housebuilding sector as it can be tailored to any residential development; with these first 19 homes, we look forward to working collaboratively with the council and our partners to help inform the future of housebuilding in North Lanarkshire.”
Pictured left to right: David Wylie, CCG Managing Director; Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey; Tony Mallaghan, North Lanarkshire Council Housing Development Manager
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