Link completes 10-year regeneration project in Dalmuir

The third and final phase of Link Group Ltd’s 10-year regeneration project has been officially opened by West Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of housing, Councillor Diane Docherty.

Construction of Dalmuir Phase 3 began in August 2016 using £2,276,640 funding from the Scottish Government. Built by McTaggart Construction, the development comprises 30 one, two and three-bedroom homes for social rent.

The properties have been built to Silver Standard 1 and 2, with high levels of insulation, solar panels, smart meters and mechanical extract ventilation systems, creating warm, comfortable, energy-efficient homes that are easy and economical to run.

Prior to construction starting, the 6.5 acre site housed three and four-storey flat tenement properties, which were built by the Beardmore Company in 1920 to house its workers and others.

Link held extensive consultations with the community before embarking on the ambitious three-phase project to demolish all 292 flats, replacing them with 164 new homes mostly for social rent but also for New Supply Shared Equity sale. The existing road layout, school and nursery were retained to preserve the character of the community.

Link contributed around £12 million in funding to the three phases of this regeneration project, as well as using funding from the Scottish Government, West Dunbartonshire Council and private lenders.

Craig Sanderson, Link Group chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to have been supported by the Scottish Government and West Dunbartonshire Council to enable us to build these new, high quality homes in Dalmuir, regenerating an area that was run down and had lost its sense of community.”

Councillor Diane Docherty added: “The council has a very ambitious plan to deliver 1,000 excellent, new affordable homes by 2021, and Link Group’s project in Dalmuir is a great example of what can be achieved. This third and final phase of the multimillion pound project has delivered 30 excellent new homes for social rent. These homes are already being enjoyed by residents and we can see what an improvement they have brought to the area.”

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