Eyesore tower block now just a memory

David Irvine settles into his new home.
David Irvine settles into his new home.

The transformation of the former Glencairn Tower site is now complete with the official opening of a new £3.5m housing development.

The 17-storey Motherwell tower block was demolished in 2011 and has now been replaced with 25 one-four bedroom properties.

The Scottish Government contributed £1.25 million to develop the site and all home have been built with energy efficiency in mind featuring solar panels.

In addition, they meet Housing for Varying Needs specification to more adaptable to tenants’ mobility needs, and one property is also fully wheelchair standard.

The new homes are also ‘Secured by Design’ accredited, which involves Police Scotland architectural liaison officers having input into the layout and designs to ensure buildings are safe and secure environments.

Among the first tenants to move into their new home were David and Eileen Irvine, who previously lived in Anderson Tower.

Mr Irvine said: “I can’t tell you the difference our new home has made. My wife has limited mobility and it was difficult for us living in a tower.

“We loved the tower and our neighbours, but our new home and its more accessible layout makes everyday tasks so much easier.

“The wet room is fantastic and we have access to this from our main bedroom. My wife likes to sit by the window and watch the world go by while I enjoy pottering in the kitchen and making her tea!”

North Lanarkshire Council depute leader Councillor Paul Kelly officially opened the new development.

He said: “We’re committed to investing and supporting new house building across the area and will continue making a positive difference to the lives of our tenants.”