New affordable homes completed in Glasgow’s Kinning Park
An innovative new affordable housing project has been completed in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow.
Admiral Street, located adjacent to Paisley Road West in the south of the city, was once home to a confectionary factory in the mid-1900s and had been a gap site until being purchased by CCG (Scotland) Ltd in 2016 before being developed as a mixed-tenure housing solution on behalf of Southside Housing Association.
A total of 35 one and two-bedroom apartments are provided with 20 properties available for social rent and 15 for mid-market rent, managed by Southside HA and Southside Lettings respectively.
All apartments have contemporary, spacious living arrangements and have access to amenity space, private parking and cycle stores whilst the mid-market rental properties were delivered with the addition of integrated appliances and flooring styles. An enhanced building fabric – thanks to the use of CCG’s own-manufactured timber frame system – and solar PV will also ensure long-term energy savings for residents.
Margaret McIntyre, chairperson of Southside Housing Association, said: “The Association is delighted to work once again with CCG to deliver a sustainable and affordable housing development of both social and mid-market rented properties. This development has allowed the Association to add new energy efficient housing to its existing stock and complements other development projects we have recently delivered in the area.”
Admiral Street is a first for CCG. For over three years, the firm has researched the applied use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) - a structural timber solution that can rival concrete and steel - to understand its benefits in housing. Rather than constructing solely using the material, an innovative hybrid solution of the firm’s timber frame system and CLT has been used with the removal of traditional materials from the common areas of the building.
CCG chairman and CEO, Alastair Wylie, said:“CCG is not afraid to push boundaries. Our capabilities in ‘offsite’ construction are well known but by using a hybrid solution as we have at Admiral St, we have been able to further improve quality and streamline the site environment. By replacing wet trades with timber, we constructed Admiral Street more efficiently with a streamlined site environment; we constructed faster and have vastly reduced the building’s carbon footprint thanks to environmental advantages.
“We sincerely thank Southside HA for working with us in our journey that has taken Scottish construction another step forward.”
As a consequence of the works, CCG was also able to provide one full-time job to someone living in South Side as well as two work placements for young people also from the wider Glasgow area.