Govan set for £3.5m housing development

01 Jun 2009

A £3.5million housing project will help breathe new life into a rundown area of Govan.

The site of the 24-flat development - on Aboukir Street in Linthouse - has lain derelict for almost 40 years.

Glasgow-based developer Merchant Homes and Linthouse Housing Association unveiled the plans as part of the regeneration of the area.

The news comes a day after a £36m project for new homes was announced for central Govan.

That project will ensure jobs for local people and the appointment of Merchant Homes to oversee the Aboukir Street flats will also mean more employment.

Company managing director Alan Brander said: "We are delighted to be the developer selected to build these properties and are excited about playing a part in the regeneration of the area.

"Our aim is to make this project a big part of the community and we will be looking to work with local suppliers and sub-contractors where possible.

"We look forward to getting started on site and delivering these quality homes to the association and to their eventual residents."

John McBride, of Linthouse Housing Association, said the project was another important part of the regeneration of Govan.

The project - on former shipyard land - will see the 24 flats split over two separate blocks.

Public finance for the venture has come from Glasgow City Council and it has also attracted private funding.

The properties are expected to be completed by spring 2010, with 12 being sold on a shared ownership basis between the developer and the householder and 12 flats being made available for affordable rent.

The two housing developments are a major step forward for the heart of Govan.

Although the area has seen multi-million pound regeneration projects over the past few years, locals have complained much of the investment has been targeted at areas near the riverside.

George Ryan, the city council's development and regeneration spokesman said: "Although economic and social conditions in Govan have improved, the area still contains some of the most intense economic and social problems in the city."

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd. 


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