Glencairn project underway

At the Glencairn sod cutting': back row (left to right): Councillors Alan Valentine, Kaye Harmon and Gary O'Rorke, and Joyce Barclay, Service Delivery Co-ordinator. Front row (left to right) 'Councillor Peter Sullivan, Vice Convener and Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing and Social Work, Eleanor O'Brien, Service Delivery Manager and  Elaine McHugh, Head of Housing Services
At the Glencairn sod cutting': back row (left to right): Councillors Alan Valentine, Kaye Harmon and Gary O'Rorke, and Joyce Barclay, Service Delivery Co-ordinator. Front row (left to right) 'Councillor Peter Sullivan, Vice Convener and Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing and Social Work, Eleanor O'Brien, Service Delivery Manager and Elaine McHugh, Head of Housing Services
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Work has started on a new North Lanarkshire Council housing development on the site of the former Glencairn Tower in Motherwell.

The development, which is due for completion next autumn, is part of the council’s £172m ‘Building for the Future’ new house building programme, which is delivering 1,150 new council homes across North Lanarkshire.

Plans for this £2.76m project, being carried out by developers Wates, will see 25 new affordable homes built on the site, comprising one, two, three and four bedroom houses, flats and a purpose built wheelchair bungalow.

The homes are being built to Housing for Varying Needs standards, making them more accessible for people with current or future physical disability.

The development will also have Secure by Design accreditation from Police Scotland and an ECO homes rating of at least ‘good’.

A sod cutting event to mark the beginning of the project was attended by local councillors and officers from the council’s housing service.

Convener of Housing and Social Work, Councillor Sam Love, said: “It’s great to see this new development for the former site of Glencairn Tower get underway.

“There’s been a lot of ground preparation work carried out and we continue to appreciate the patience of local residents while this building project continues.

“We’re working closely with the contractor to ensure every effort is made to keep disruption to a minimum. And, in particular, care and attention is given to the proximity of Glencairn Primary and the health centre.”

When the project’s complete the car park on Parkhead Street, which is closed at the moment, will be resurfaced and reopened for public use.

The council’s head of housing services Elaine McHugh said: “We have an ambitious programme to build 1,150 homes in North Lanarkshire over the next few years and we are on target to do that.

“Glencairn is going to be built for varying needs so that allows people in the future to have flexibility in the use of their home.

”This helps with the demographic of an aging population and also with special needs housing requirements people may have.

”It is a town centre site which is in high demand, we have got 14,000 plus people on our waiting list so the more affordable housing we can build the better.

”It’s exciting in that this was a demolition site, which was a major product in its own right, so I’m delighted to now be on site at Glencairn.

”The best part is when you hand over a set of keys to the new customer and you see the smile on their face.”