Cordale Housing Association previews new office ahead of opening event
Cordale Housing Association opened the doors of its new office in Renton last week to preview the modern, flexible working facilities to the staff, community and key partner organisations ahead of its move next month.
The £1.6 million new office is based in the heart of Renton improving resident access to Cordale and Caledonia Housing Association services whilst revitalising Main Street, replacing the long-standing dilapidated and empty shops, transforming the physical appearance of the area that had previously been in environmental decline.
The new office pays fitting tribute to former chair, the late Isobel Barr, whom the new Board Room has been named after in recognition of her unique contribution to Cordale’s history and recent accomplishments.
Speaking at the event, Margaret McCallion, chair of Cordale’s Board, spoke passionately about Cordale’s achievements over recent years and about the new office.
She said: “The Cordale committee always had an ambition to build on this particular location. We knew it would transform the appearance of the village. The empty shops that were situated on this site were an eyesore. They had lay derelict for over a decade. The heart of our village was an environmental blight, a source of frustration to all those that resided in and cared about Renton.
“Did we ever think it was possible to regenerate where we stand today and build a new office? Possibly not. Initially it seemed a fanciful dream. It’s not been easy to get to where we are at today. I am therefore delighted to be standing in front of you celebrating the completion of the new office.”
Following an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the front door, Caledonia Housing Association chief executive, Julie Cosgrove, added: “I am extremely proud of what the Caledonia and Cordale partnership has achieved in a very short period of time, the partnership has used its collective strength for the benefit of the community to bring further investment, new homes and now the new office to the area.”
Michael Scanlan, director at Clark Contracts, said “It was fantastic to work with Cordale Housing Association to deliver this project and we hope their staff settle in and enjoy their new base.”