Laurieston regeneration gets going

30 May 2012

A £90m regeneration project is getting started in Laurieston, bringing new homes, jobs and investment to the area.

The Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) project was launched on 30 May by Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, and representatives of New Gorbals Housing Association and the local community.

One of three pilot Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) projects in Glasgow, the £90 million initiative will deliver a major boost for the city, creating jobs and delivering a wide range of new homes and community facilities.

Work on the first phase of the project has started, and the second phase will include the provision of further homes and include potential for retail, hotel accommodation and community facilities.

Financed by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government and developed by New Gorbals Housing Association, the initial phase will provide 201 homes for affordable rent.

The project is being delivered by Urban Union, the Private Sector Development Partner who has concluded a development agreement with the Council to transform the area.  A consortium of three major contracting and private development companies, Urban Union will bring much-needed new life to one of the city's most significant regeneration areas.

Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for jobs and the economy at Glasgow City Council said: "We believe the plans for the Laurieston TRA will have a huge, positive impact on the area. This long term regeneration scheme will deliver massive benefits over decades for all the people of Laurieston in terms of new jobs, homes, amenities and business.

"The project is part of the continued reinvigoration and renaissance of our communities along the River Clyde and offers an exciting opportunity for Glasgow.
"I would like to congratulate the TRA partners and everyone involved with Transforming Communities Glasgow for getting us to this stage as we prepare to see the birth of a very special era for this part of the city."

Of the three pilot TRAs, Laurieston is the second project to begin, with Maryhill starting earlier this year and Gallowgate expected to commence later in the year.

Urban Union has a dedicated project office and 'job shop' to help provide local people with advice and information on employment and training opportunities throughout the development of the TRA project. Urban Union's community benefits team will also work with social enterprises and SMEs to identify how they can benefit from the development.

Urban Union is a joint venture partnership between McTaggart Construction, Keepmoat and Robertson Group Holdings.  The company was appointed to deliver the project in May 2011 as part of the transformational regeneration areas (TRAs) involving Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA).

Source:  Glasgow City Council - Laurieston TRA project launched