Work begins on new Royston community hub

Spire View Housing Association has announced the beginning of work on the creation of a new, state of the art community facility on Roystonhill.

The new building will replace the existing Rainbow Hall while retaining its fabulous façade to ensure the new building complements local surroundings, including the impressive, adjacent Church Spire, visible across the city and beyond.

The building was purchased by Spire View from the Church of Scotland, thanks to financial support from the Scottish Land Fund and works will be undertaken by Fleming Buildings Ltd.

The new facility will include two community halls, community café area, large flexible meeting space, commercial kitchen, reception area with open plan office space, smaller additional office space, interview room and community shop unit.

Meanwhile significant environmental works will start on the adjacent ‘Spire Park’ site, owned by Rosemount Spire and Park Limited, a subsidiary of the Rosemount Development Trust. Spire View Housing Association and the Development Trust, with the support of the Royston Strategy Group, have been working in partnership to make this fantastic project a reality for the local Royston community.

This project has been 10 years in the making and has come to fruition thanks to support from the following:

  • The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the Association a phenomenal £1,000,000 of National Lottery funding towards the capital cost of the project. This is in addition to £98,748 towards revenue costs in the first five years. The Fund also awarded £68,734 in the development stages of the project.
  • Securing an award of £575,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration and Capital Grant Fund towards capital costs was another significant milestone. This would not have been achievable without the unwavering support of colleagues at Glasgow City Council’s Development & Regeneration Services.
  • A one off capital grant of £85,000 from Clothworkers’ Foundation has been a fantastic boost to our funding pot.
  • Spire View’s neighbours and colleagues at Copperworks Housing Association fully recognise the benefits this project will bring to its tenants, residents and wider community and have agreed a contribution of £60,000.
  • Funding of £40,000 from the Scottish Land Fund towards the acquisition of the Rainbow Hall was crucial to allow the project to get off the ground.
  • The Co-operative Glasgow Business Development Fund at Glasgow City Council provided funding of £19,200 which was vital in allowing us to develop our business plan for this project. Without this robust plan, we would not have been successful in many other funding bids.
  • Despite having to consider the funding of its own adjacent project at the Spire Park, Rosemount Development Trust still very kindly agreed to contribute a whopping £10,000 towards the project.
  • A very generous pledge of £10,000 from Hugh Fraser Foundation.
  • A very generous contribution of £5,000 from Glasgow Housing Association’s Community Grant Fund.
  • The project is due to complete in April 2019.

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