New affordable housing development welcomed by Sighthill residents
Delighted tenants are loving their stunning views of one of Glasgow’s newest landmarks.
Tenants who have moved into Lowther’s new homes at NorthBridge are enjoying some of the best views in the city of the new Sighthill Bridge.
The £25.9 million development by the private-rent property company – which is part of Wheatley Group – includes a mix of 86 one and two-bedroom flats and two and three-bedroom homes, all for mid-market rent.
The mid-market rent properties are aimed at people and families who cannot afford to buy their own property or rent in the private sector, or have very low priority for social housing.
Speaking about his new home, Lowther tenant Alan Morton said: “It’s wonderful. I still pinch myself because I look at this beautiful flat and can’t believe it’s mine.
“One of my favourite things is how close it is to everything. I’m just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and it’s close to the motorway too, so I can easily visit my dad.
“It’s exactly what I was looking for – it’s just been a really great experience.”
Another Lowther tenant, Alana Stewart, said: “It’s brilliant. It’s so spacious, but still feels cosy.
“I really like the kitchen, it’s so big and open and we get a lot of natural light in.
“I also love the view we have of the Sighthill Bridge. It’s beautiful at night when we look out and it’s all lit up.”
The homes have been built to be energy efficient and benefit from EPC ratings of A and B, which will help tenants save money on their energy bills.
This development is part of the £250m Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA), the biggest regeneration scheme of its type in the UK outside of London.
The residential development element will feature 826 new homes – 628 for sale and 198 for mid-market rent – as well as retail units and a commercial development.
The Sighthill TRA is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Wheatley Group and the Scottish Government.
The new Lowther homes included £9.7m funding from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council.
Housing minister Paul McLennan said: “The right to a warm, safe and affordable home is critical to wellbeing and is a right everyone deserves.
“Lowther, part of the Wheatley Group, play a valuable role in increasing the range of housing available to rent throughout Scotland, and I was delighted to see this development, which the Scottish Government has supported with £4.2 million of funding.
“This funding has enabled Lowther to provide 86 high quality, energy efficient homes in Sighthill.
“High quality housing is a key pillar of Housing to 2040, whilst also eradicating fuel poverty and homelessness and ensuring everyone has access to green space and essential services. Lowther play a key role in building high-quality homes and I welcome these new affordable houses in Sighthill.”
Managing director of Lowther, James Ward, said: “We’re delighted to hear how well tenants are settling into their new homes.
“Tenants are telling us they love the views from their new homes and how easy it is now to get into the city centre.”
Lowther is also on site with 221 affordable homes at Calton Village in the east of Glasgow, and 187 properties at West Craigs in Edinburgh.