Local MSP opens £1.6m East Renfrewshire supported housing development
Jackson Carlaw MSP has officially opened Hanover Scotland’s brand new £1.6 million amenity housing development in East Renfrewshire which will provide state-of-the-art accommodation for older people in the area.
The Eastwood constituency MSP was shown round Waterford Court in Giffnock, which features 12 2-bedroom fully insulated and energy efficient flats for rent with landscaped gardens and private parking, by Hanover Scotland’s chief executive Helen Murdoch.
Originally opened in 1997, the site previously contained 13 sheltered housing units for rent to frail older people. However, working in close partnership with both East Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government, Hanover Scotland identified a need for more amenity housing for rent in the area and began demolition of the previous site in January 2016.
The new 12-flat development is made up of three, two-storey blocks, with every flat designed to maximise the use of space; being compliant with Housing for Varying Needs; well insulated and featuring energy efficient individual gas combi boilers to reduce heating costs.
The development is based in a courtyard setting with the first residents moving in late last year.
Commenting during the visit, Jackson Carlaw MSP said: “I am delighted to be here today to officially open the new Waterford Court. The development has been completed to an exceptionally high standard throughout and provides much needed housing for independent older people in the area.”
Chief executive of Hanover Scotland, Helen Murdoch, said: “We’re delighted that Mr Carlaw was able to join us today to officially open our newest amenity housing in Giffnock. The re-development of Waterford Court is a perfect example of how Hanover Scotland can work with local authorities and the Scottish Government to provide suitable housing that meets the changing needs of older people across the country.”