Work begins on new council homes in East Kilbride

South Lanarkshire Council has broken ground in East Kilbride on one of its biggest developments of new council housing on the site of the former St Leonard’s Primary School.

A total of 60 units will be built in a mix of housing types designed to meet local housing needs in general as well as, more specifically, to meet a requirement for amenity homes and those that will be adapted to meet particular requirements.

Work begins on new council homes in East Kilbride

Councillor Josh Wilson, executive director of housing and technical resources, cuts the first sod watched by (from left) Gill Hood, the council’s housing services manager, Cruden contract manager Jim Mullan, Daniel Lowe, executive director of housing and technical resources at the council, Joe Rooney, site manager for Cruden, and the council’s head of housing services, Annette Finnan

The finished development, which is expected to complete in late 2020, will comprise a combination of houses, apartments, cottage flats and bungalows.

Councillor Josh Wilson, chair of housing and technical resources at South Lanarkshire Council, carried out the traditional cutting of the first sod.

He said: “I am delighted to officially mark the start of construction work on this latest development.

“Improving the quality and range of housing suitable for meeting a wider range of needs is a key strand of South Lanarkshire Council’s Local Housing Strategy, and the council’s Homes+ new-build programme provides a great opportunity to help to also address the needs of older residents and people with particular needs.

“This project is typical of many empty sites that have been used by the council to help meet the pressing shortage of affordable housing across South Lanarkshire.  Like this one, these sites are in great locations, putting affordable housing where it’s needed in the heart of established communities.

“The council’s Homes+ programme, supported by Scottish Government affordable housing grant subsidy, continues to make good progress in delivering new homes to tenants throughout South Lanarkshire. With 256 new homes complete to date, we are well on our way to delivering our target of 1000 additional council homes across South Lanarkshire by 2021.”

The development will be of high-quality modern design to enhance comfort and save on energy usage and will be constructed by Cruden Building and Renewals Ltd.

Gordon Lee, partnering and procurement director for Cruden Building, said: “We are pleased to see work getting underway on another project with South Lanarkshire Council and look forward to delivering this important housing development at St Leonards.

“All of the homes will be eco-friendly, ensuring residents benefit from warmer homes that have fewer carbon emissions and are more economical to run.

“As with all of our developments, we will work closely with local companies and bring a number of benefits to this community. Throughout this project we will provide jobs to local people and create a number of work placements, as well as modern apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people.”

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