Green light for Laurieston regeneration

29 Oct 2012

Glasgow City Council has approved plans for up to 800 new homes, retail and community facilities in Laurieston.

The next stage of the £90 million regeneration of the Laurieston area of Glasgow has been given the green light by Glasgow City Council.

Urban Union, the consortium delivering the landmark project, has been granted planning permission to build up to 800 new homes-for-sale in Laurieston - one of Glasgow's eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRAs).
Proposals for the wider masterplan, which include a hotel, retail outlets community facilities and green space, were also approved - paving the way for the smooth continuation of the project.
Work on the first phase, which will deliver more than 200 affordable homes for rent in Laurieston, began at the end of May 2012 and is now well underway.
The current plans were subject to an extensive public consultation, without any objections, before being submitted on behalf of Urban Union by the UK's largest planning consultancy, Barton Willmore.
Janice Belshaw, project manager, Urban Union, said: "This area of Glasgow has waited a long time for this transformation, and it is great to see how quickly things are now moving. This is a long term project but we are already on schedule with the first phase of affordable housing, and now we can move forward with the rest of our plans.
"Situated in the heart of Scotland's largest city, our goal is to bring high quality new homes, jobs and facilities to an area that desperately needs and deserves them. This marks another important landmark in that process."
Laurieston is first scheme of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas promoted by Transforming Communities: Glasgow to gain planning permission. Transforming Communities: Glasgow is a special purpose vehicle comprising Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government, New Gorbals Housing Association and Glasgow Housing Association. The Laurieston project is being delivered locally in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association.
Bailie Liz Cameron, a director of Transforming Communities: Glasgow and also executive member for jobs and the economy at Glasgow City Council, the main funders for the first phase of the project, said: "The go-ahead for the remainder of this phased-development project marks an exciting time for the city. We are delighted that the consultation process went so smoothly with no objections. The development aims to breathe new life to a part of the city which thoroughly deserves its chance to shine."
Work on the first phase of the project - 201 homes for affordable rent - has already started, with a series of computer images, unveiled by Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, in May, giving an initial glimpse of what is now a landmark project.
The second phase will include the provision of further 600 homes and include potential for retail, hotel accommodation and community facilities, as well as green space all linking Laurieston and surrounding areas to the city centre.
The regeneration of Laurieston has been an active consideration since the mid 1990s when the first of three regeneration proposals was put forward by New Gorbals Housing Association.
Since Urban Union was appointed last year to progress the project, the company has worked closely with New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) on the first phase of development.
Raymond Shannon, chairperson of NGHA, said: "We have been working towards the regeneration of Laurieston for many years, and are delighted that the first phase is now well underway.
"This consent is a further step towards getting the regeneration into full swing, and Laurieston being developed hand-in-hand with the community to the highest possible standards in the years to come."
Laurieston is one of three Transformational Regeneration Areas which were identified in Glasgow as priorities for comprehensive regeneration and are now activated, the others being Maryhill and Gallowgate.
Stephen Tucker, partner in Barton Willmore's Scotland office, said: "This project marks a major step in one of Glasgow's most important regeneration projects. The fact that not a single public objection was received shows that the community, council officers and politicians alike are behind the project."
Urban Union has a dedicated project office on site to help provide local people with advice and information on the development as well as employment and training opportunities.
Urban Union's community benefits team is also working closely with social enterprises and local businesses to identify how they can benefit from the project.
The project, Laurieston Living, is being constructed by Urban Union, a joint venture partnership between McTaggart Construction, Keepmoat and Robertson Group Holdings.
The planning application was prepared and submitted by Barton Willmore's Scotland office in association with RMJM Architects.

Urban Union, the consortium delivering the landmark project, has been granted planning permission to build up to 800 new homes-for-sale in Laurieston - one of Glasgow's eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRAs).

Proposals for the wider masterplan, which include a hotel, retail outlets community facilities and green space, were also approved - paving the way for the smooth continuation of the project.

Work on the first phase, which will deliver more than 200 affordable homes for rent in Laurieston, began at the end of May 2012 and is now well underway.

Janice Belshaw, project manager, Urban Union, said: "This area of Glasgow has waited a long time for this transformation, and it is great to see how quickly things are now moving. This is a long term project but we are already on schedule with the first phase of affordable housing, and now we can move forward with the rest of our plans.

"Situated in the heart of Scotland's largest city, our goal is to bring high quality new homes, jobs and facilities to an area that desperately needs and deserves them. This marks another important landmark in that process."

Laurieston is first scheme of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas promoted by Transforming Communities: Glasgow to gain planning permission. Transforming Communities: Glasgow is a special purpose vehicle comprising Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government, New Gorbals Housing Association and Glasgow Housing Association. The Laurieston project is being delivered locally in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association.

Laurieston is one of three Transformational Regeneration Areas which were identified in Glasgow as priorities for comprehensive regeneration and are now activated, the others being Maryhill and Gallowgate.

Urban Union has a dedicated project office on site to help provide local people with advice and information on the development as well as employment and training opportunities.

Urban Union's community benefits team is also working closely with social enterprises and local businesses to identify how they can benefit from the project.