Tenants set to move into landmark £21m Govan Cross development

Tenants set to move into landmark £21m Govan Cross development

How the development is taking shape from above

Tenants will begin moving into a landmark £21 million housing development in Govan next month.

Govan Housing Association is building its biggest ever development of 92 homes at Water Row with the first tenants set to be in their homes in time for Christmas.

The housing association will take delivery of one of the five blocks being constructed in November clearing the way for them to be let to tenants.

Govan Housing Association said the news was ”a further step forward” in its promise to deliver affordable housing as part of the ongoing regeneration of Govan.

The new homes – with an additional six commercial units beneath them – are within touching distance of the new Govan-Partick bridge whose main span was floated up the Clyde earlier this month.

Tenants set to move into landmark £21m Govan Cross development

Young apprentice and Govan resident Brendan Simpson

The housing and the £29.5m bridge are part of a wider multi-million masterplan to help regenerate the community.

Caron Quinn, Govan Housing Association’s group chief executive, said: “These new homes are the first phase of a bigger multi-million pound Masterplan which will breathe new life into the Govan community. The delivery of much-needed affordable homes in the heart of our community remains a number one priority for Govan Housing Association.

“It is great news that our tenants will begin moving into their new homes as soon as November in what is a first phase.

“We also acknowledge the efforts of many partners and agencies in working together and look forward to delivering new housing and further regeneration for our community.”

The construction has been undertaken by CCG (Scotland) which has a long and established track record of building affordable homes for housing providers. The homes have been designed to meet Glasgow City Council’s ‘Glasgow Standard’ for new build housing - providing affordable, warm, safe and highly energy efficient homes.

Tenants set to move into landmark £21m Govan Cross development

Laura Edwards of Govan Housing Association, apprentice Brendan Simpson and CCG’s John Baggley

Many of the properties – which have been under construction since 2021 - will offer spectacular views over the Clyde to the Riverside Museum and beyond and have already become a new Govan landmark.

All 92 flats will have two bedrooms, with 10% being designed to ‘wheelchair adaptable’ standards. The development will be between four and six storeys high. And in a further boost to the community, there has been ongoing training and employment opportunities for the local area delivered by CCG (Scotland) with particular emphasis on work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

One of those benefiting is 17-year-old Govan resident and apprentice Brendan Simpson who is working towards being a joiner.

Brendan joined CCG alongside 17 others as part of the firm’s annual apprentice intake and will now undertake a 4-year programme with the company whilst studying at Glasgow Kelvin College.

Brendan said: “My apprenticeship so far has been a great experience. I wanted to become a joiner as I really enjoyed woodwork at school but also because…everyone needs a joiner!

“I want to have my own business one day and I know the skills that I am learning on the tools with CCG will help me achieve that. It also makes me feel very proud to be part of such an important project next to where I live.”

Tenants set to move into landmark £21m Govan Cross development

CCG (Scotland) director, John Baggley, added: “These new, energy-efficient homes and the Govan-Patrick bridge will be transformative for the local area and equally so, the legacy of jobs, training and work placement opportunities will go a long way to supporting community members for years to come.

“Alongside the appointment of Brendan, local residents make up two of the four jobs that we have created thus far whilst our partnership with Developing Young Workforce and DWP Govan has also helped deliver three site-based work placements.

“We are delighted to be working with Govan Housing Association and look forward to welcoming tenants within the coming weeks.”

The funding for the housing has included grants from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme, the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Clyde Mission Fund.

Improvements to the appearance of the area surrounding the new homes and commercial units will also be carried out.

Councillor Kenny McLean, convener for housing at Glasgow City Council, said: “This new development at Water Row will not only provide fantastic new homes for the people who will live there, but is another example of the transformation of the Clydeside and Govan currently taking place. We are delighted to have supported the building of this landmark development on the banks of the Clyde.”

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