Six of the best for McTaggart Construction at Scottish Home Awards

Six of the best for McTaggart Construction at Scottish Home Awards

Hallrule Drive in Cardonald

Five McTaggart Construction projects have been shortlisted in the Scottish Home Awards for 2023.

The Dalry-based family-owned business, which was recently crowned Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year in the Skills Development Scotland awards, has been nominated for new developments in Glasgow, Greenock and Johnstone.

It is shortlisted twice in the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year and the Housing Regeneration Project of the Year categories as well as being spotlighted in the new Age Exclusive Development of the Year award and in the Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year.

Scotland’s largest independent awards recognises excellence in the new build housing sector and raises awareness of high-quality standards in construction and customer care.

McTaggart Construction MD Janice Russell said: “We are thrilled to be nominated for so many quality developments and it is testament to our commitment to building quality affordable homes and belief they change lives and communities.

“Our continued success relies not only on our workforce’s passion and professionalism but our engaged and listening approach to partnerships with clients and communities. Together we aim to make a positive difference.”

The Abbeycraig development in Easterhouse has been shortlisted twice. Firstly along with the Ravenscraig build in Greenock for the Housing Regeneration Project of the Year and then with Auchengreoch Circle in Johnstone for the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year. Hallrule Drive in Cardonald has been nominated for the Age Exclusive Development of the Year. Ravenscraig has also been shortlisted for Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year.

Six of the best for McTaggart Construction at Scottish Home Awards


The Abbeycraig project created 84 houses and flats for social rent, including eight wheelchair-adaptable properties and eight units for social care users. The mix of 1 to 4-bedroom homes is on a brownfield site of former tenements and a high school demolished in the 1990s.

The site is on the edge of the Seven Loch’s Wetland Park and Local Nature Reserve and homes have been built with living rooms on the first floor to take advantage of the views.

Novel amenity lanes, with extended green space, have been designed at the back of the long terraces to let children play safely and neighbours to socialise.

The McTaggart development of 39 homes in Auchengreoch Circle, Spateston, which was awarded a gold award for ‘Secure by Design’, provides accessible, flexible homes which meet the long-term needs and aspirations of residents.

The site consists of two wheelchair-accessible 4-bedroom houses, twelve 3-bedroom houses, fifteen 2-bedroom houses, and two 2-bedroom cottage flats and eight 1-bedroom cottage flats constructed to wheelchair standard. All houses have barrier-free design, good space standards and flexible room layouts to meet a range of needs and provide lifetime accommodation for families.

The energy efficient homes are in an area the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lists as within the 20% most deprived in Scotland and meets a need for social rented housing catering for people on low incomes. High building standards mean they cost around £360 a year for heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation. Each property has a minimum of two 270w solar panels.

The Ravenscraig project in partnership with Link Group, caters for a range of age groups and community housing needs. The 198 homes are a mixture of 2 and 3 storey terraced houses, cottage flats and bungalows, designed to HfVN standards, including 20 wheelchair-accessible homes.

Six of the best for McTaggart Construction at Scottish Home Awards


The project provides starter and family homes through to units which can support older residents and those with additional needs. Each has a private garden area.

Existing landscape was used to create a network of small neighbourhoods, each around 20-30 homes linked by two main roads. Key routes have been retained as pedestrian and cycle trails, and provide a direct connection with the Greenock Cut, a popular walkway and part of the Clyde Muirsheil National Park. The area at the Pennyfern entrance to the site which suffered from localised flooding and marshland has been transformed into open space with viewpoints and disabled access.

In addition, the site supported more than 120 hours of training and development of skills for school and college students and achieved £3.6 Million in social value.

Hallrule Drive in Cardonald provides 32 new homes, built around a private communal garden, offering independent living for people who are currently in homes which no longer meet their needs.

The development in partnership with the Wheatley Group, has been nominated for the Age Exclusive Development of the Year for creating a safe environment where residents can live alongside neighbours at the same stage in life and develop relationships, creating a new community within an existing one.

Design focusses on social interaction between residents with flexible outdoor living spaces encouraging time spent together. Main living spaces face into the heart of the development allowing residents to see their neighbours enjoying the garden and give them a wave if they are walking past their window.

The development for over 55s aims to encouraging a longer healthier life through independent living whilst combatting loneliness and social isolation. The communal deck access, the landscaped garden, seating areas, and a hard landscaped area for growing planters, a potting shed, or hold barbeques or other social events provide a community focus.

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