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6 September 2017

Building begins on new council homes in Coatbridge

Building begins on new council homes in Coatbridge

Coatbridge was the location for North Lanarkshire Council’s latest sod cutting event, marking an exciting new council housing development at the former Old School Court in School Street.

Plans for the site include 20 new homes, which comprise cottage flats, family homes and two wheelchair adapted properties. These form part of North Lanarkshire Council's ambitious new affordable housing building programme which will see 2,150 homes built by 2027.

Cutting the sod was Depute Provost and local councillor, Tom Castles. He was joined by Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of Enterprise and Housing; Councillor Gordon Encinias and Councillor Tracy Carragher. Also attending were Des Murray, Assistant Chief Executive, Enterprise and Housing Resources, NLC; Malcolm MacLeod, Managing Director, Robertson Partnership Homes Central; together with other representatives from the council and Robertson Partnership Homes.

Committee Convener, Councillor Graham said: "It's great to see the progress that is being made across so many sites in North Lanarkshire as part of our NL Homes Programme.

"Not only do these developments provide quality homes for local people but they also provide regeneration opportunities on a number of vacant sites within the council area. I look forward to seeing the homes taking shape and becoming part of a vibrant housing community."

The development is being delivered by Robertson Partnership Homes and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

Malcolm MacLeod, Managing Director for Robertson partnership Homes Central, said: "The housing development at Old School Court is one of eight projects Robertson is delivering in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, procured through Scape Group's National Major Works Framework. Once complete, these homes will bolster the region's housing portfolio, providing high-quality, affordable living spaces for local residents. We are proud to be part of such a transformational investment."

Des Murray, Assistant Chief Executive, Enterprise and Housing Resources added: "All our new homes are built with energy efficiency in mind. In addition, they meet Housing for Varying Needs specification which means homes are more accessible to adapt to tenants' mobility needs. The homes are also 'Secured by Design' accredited, which involves Police Scotland architectural liaison officers having input into the layout and designs to ensure we build safe and secure environments.

"We're proud of our new build homes and I'm confident we will continue to make significant progress in improving local communities across North Lanarkshire and the lives of our tenants."

The Scottish Government contributes towards the development costs at each site.