Milestone reached at Barlanark affordable housing project
Located to the east of Glasgow city centre, close to Garrowhill train station and Edinburgh Road, the 43-home project is being constructed by CCG (Scotland) Ltd for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and will be let and managed by Lowther Homes, both of which part of Wheatley Group.
CCG commenced works in May of this year and within a 12 week period the company has completed the installation of the timber superstructures to five of the eight blocks of housing thanks to the use of the CCG iQ enhanced closed panel timber system.
Designed and manufactured off-site in their Cambuslang facility, CCG OSM, the system is delivered to site complete with pre-installed insulation, service zones, windows and doors, ensuring quality and rapid speed of construction as well as offering excellent thermal efficiency properties.
Calum Murray, director at CCG, said: “CCG is delighted to continue our work with the Wheatley Group on their mid-market rent programme. The completion of the first five blocks highlights the benefits of using our enhanced timber frame system. It is manufactured with precision, has excellent thermal efficiency properties and on site, as shown by the works at Burnmouth Road, a significantly faster speed of construction.
“Burnmouth Road is one of three mid-market rent projects where CCG and Wheatley Group are on site together with a combined 150 unit total. This includes the conversion of the former Bell Street Stables in Glasgow’s Merchant City and 55 of the 111 homes at Craigmillar, Edinburgh, and the first phase of housing at the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan.”
The Bell Street project is being delivered for GHA and the Craigmillar homes for Dunedin Canmore. When completed, both developments will also be let and managed by Lowther Homes.
Tom Barclay, group director of property and development at Wheatley Group, said: “Our mid-market programme is an important part of our growth strategy and will provide affordable homes across Scotland. We’re delighted to see the homes at Barlanark in Glasgow taking shape and look forward to the completion of this and the two other projects being delivered for us by CCG.”
As part of Wheatley Group and CCG’s in-depth approach to community benefit, a number of initiatives will be delivered as a direct result of the project. Opportunities will be provided for new entrants across all site-based roles as well as work placements for people from the local community.
Also, as a direct result of this project, four of the 22 trade apprentices that joined the CCG Group this August as part of the company’s annual trade apprentice intake, will be based at the site for the first of their four-year apprenticeship programme across bricklaying and plumbing trades.
Declan Bridgeman, apprentice bricklayer, said: “I am very proud to start my career in construction with CCG. A bricklaying apprenticeship means a job for life and the opportunity to learn new skills is very exciting. To be based at the Burnmouth Road project is great as I only live a couple of miles away so to be part of a project where I live is also very rewarding.”
Burnmouth Road is due for completion in summer-2018.