130 new GHA homes on track in Castlemilk

Artist’s impression of the new development of social housing at Dougrie Drive
Artist’s impression of the new development of social housing at Dougrie Drive

One of GHA’s largest developments of new social housing is on track for completion next year.

The Association is building 130 new homes, consisting of a mixture of one- and two-bedroom flats, and two- and three-bedroom houses at Dougrie Drive in Castlemilk.

The £14 million development is GHA’s third largest new-build project this year, following the completion of 151 new homes in Barmulloch, and 141 in Sighthill.

The development, will create a new community in the area, which is close to Castlemilk’s shops, community centres and health centre, and boast views to the Campsie Fells.

It is made up of 74 ‘lifetime’ homes that can adapt to the changing needs of residents, with step-free access, wider door frames, reinforced walls for fixing grab rails and stair lifts, and space for the inclusion of a downstairs shower room.

Castlemilk 1There is also a two-storey ‘amenity’ block of 56 flats for older customers, which is designed to help residents lead easier, more independent and more sociable lives.

The block includes a common room, laundry, lifts and a communal garden, as well as special features such as wet-floor showers.

It is part of GHA’s ambitious home building programme which is transforming communities across Glasgow.

GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “GHA’s ambitious new-build programme has already changed lives for the better across Glasgow.

“This new development is not only one of the most significant developments in Castlemilk for several years, but also one of the most significant in Glasgow.

“I am looking forward to seeing these homes take shape, and provide much-needed warm, safe and affordable homes that will respond to our customers’ changing needs throughout their lives.”

Castlemilk 2The new homes will help rehouse people whose homes have been demolished as part of the regeneration of Glasgow.

The Castlemilk development, built by contractors CCG, has been part funded by a £7.3m grant from the Scottish Government.

The new homes are energy efficient, with an EcoHomes rating of ‘Very Good’, to keep people warm and help them reduce their fuel bills.

They also have ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation - a police initiative which helps cut crime by improving home security.

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