Maryhill Housing to commence conversion works

Maryhill Housing is due to commence two new conversion projects at its retirement housing complexes later this week.

Developed in conjunction with Glasgow City Council, Armour Construction Consultants, Cormack Gracie Architects and Contract Building Services (CBS), the projects will result in the creation of three new properties for social rent.

The works were bolstered by £187,530 of grant funding from Glasgow City Council’s TMDF Affordable Housing Supply Programme. It is anticipated that both projects will be delivered within a 20-30 week programme.

At Shiskine Place, the three-bedroom former warden’s property is being converted into two separate one-bedroom flats.

At Oran Place, the unused sleep-over flat above the common room is being converted into one self-contained flat. The existing common room will also be refurbished with a brand new kitchen and windows installed as well as other decoration works.

Maryhill Housing currently has approximately 60 units of retirement housing across both the Oran and Shiskine complexes. The housing is mainly one bedroom, main door accommodation with on-site staff and common room facilities at both schemes.

The latest conversion works will afford some much-needed lower density housing within the Association’s current stock for tenants aged 55 and over.

Alistair McArthur, head of development at Maryhill Housing, said: “We hope that both of these conversion projects will further enhance the quality of our stock and help us to meet the housing need of some of our older and more vulnerable customers.”

Gavin M Taylor, CBS managing director, added: “CBS are proud to be working in partnership with Maryhill Housing and the local community on this exciting project; the transformation will be significant.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, commented: “We were delighted to support Maryhill Housing with this project which will help meet the need for affordable homes for older people in the area.  This particular type of housing can make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.”

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