Glasgow residents handed final homes in ‘life-changing’ £60m regeneration project
A masterplan to create hundreds of affordable homes in central Glasgow has been completed by housing provider Sanctuary.
Keys to the final phase’s 206 flats have been handed over, changing residents’ lives for the better.
Sanctuary Scotland worked with the local community, Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to transform Anderston’s housing stock.
The 10-year project saw many 1960s buildings demolished and replaced with 540 affordable homes. The final phase included 87 flats for social rent and 119 for mid-market rent.
Helen Campbell-Adeyanju moved into a ground-floor Sanctuary flat with her husband, daughter and two sons.
Helen, 43, said: “We feel like we’ve won the lottery. Our sons are autistic and the ground-floor flat means they are able to go outside and interact with other children.
“The boys have come on leaps and bounds in our short time here. The sense of community is helped by the number of areas put in for families to meet up and mix.”
Linda McAuley’s move from a top-floor tenement flat has given her a new lease of life.
Linda, 61, said: “I was virtually housebound at my old flat so living here has been life-changing.
“I can now get out and about thanks to the lift in my close. My flat’s a good size and was also adapted to suit me before I moved in.
“I’m delighted to be here.”
The final phase of Sanctuary’s regeneration of Anderston includes three child play areas. A section of Argyle Street lost to pedestrians and cyclists in the 1960s was also restored, creating an unbroken thoroughfare from the city centre to Finnieston.
Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director – development, said: “Our masterplan for Anderston has transformed the area, creating housing fit for future generations.
“The support received from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government has helped Sanctuary rejuvenate the community beyond the 540 new homes we have built.
“We will formally complete our regeneration of Anderston with the installation of public art in December. Sanctuary’s significant investment in Glasgow will continue with the ambitious redevelopment of the city’s former Victoria Infirmary site.”
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, visited Anderston to hear how the regeneration has improved people’s lives.
Cllr Aitken said: “The transformation is amazing and shows it is possible to create hundreds of high quality, affordable homes in the heart of Glasgow.
“The project appears to have enhanced Anderston’s already strong sense of community, providing residents old and new with places to play and socialise.
“This regeneration’s improved the lives of many residents including those I had the pleasure of meeting.
“I’m delighted Glasgow City Council worked with Sanctuary to complete a wonderful addition to the city’s housing stock.”