Building up the area in Port Glasgow

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A £24m housing project from River Clyde Homes will bring almost 200 new homes to Port Glasgow.

The 28-week project comprises 195 housing units, covering 76.612m₂ over three different sites. The houses will be available for purchase and for rent, with 102 units being constructed at Woodhall, 61 units at Oronsay Avenue and 32 units at Moray Road.

Planning permission for the 195 units was given on 6th May 2009 and main contractor Lovell will carry out the project under a four-year framework agreement with River Clyde Homes.  The development was designed by Hypostyle Architects.

The houses are being built using timber from sustainable forests, whilst special consideration is being taken for protected wildlife in the area. Additional work will include the improvement of community facilities, the relocation of an existing retail unit and the construction of two new play areas at Ornosay and Woodhall.  Moreover, a previously open area of land on the site will be redeveloped and transformed into a park.

Approximately 26,000 m³ of rock has been excavated as part of the project.  Where possible, the rock has been reused on the site and the remainder has been transferred to nearby dock projects to use as infill material.  This has saved River Clyde Homes a considerable amount of money in transportation and disposal costs.

Prior to work commencing on the project Japanese knotweed had to be removed from the site.  In order to minimise surface water from the project, a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) has also been implemented.

The Woodhall site is seen as an important area for development and has therefore been registered with the Considerate Contractors Scheme – a national scheme designed to improve the image of the construction industry.  Site visits have been organised for children attending local nurseries and schools and an under 15s football team also benefited through sponsorship.  In addition, quarterly newsletters are being issued to local residents to keep them updated on the project.

The Port Glasgow project has created 43 jobs for local people, including 15 apprentices.

River Clyde Homes Head of Regeneration, Angela Spence, said: “The contract provides not only housing which has been designed with local community input, but also brings much needed employment into the Inverclyde area.

“The houses will have a positive outcome for the long term sustainability of our tenants, whilst thermal insulation qualities of the construction will reduce fuel bills for the residents for years to come.”

River Clyde is a not-for-profit organisation and is one of the largest social landlords in Scotland.  The organisation is monitored by the Scottish Housing Regulator and comprises a board of 15 members.  It has an annual business plan that is approved by the board and is reflective of key commitments to its tenants. To date, it has invested £83m into housing stock and is working towards the provision of hundreds of new homes by 2015.

Port Glasgow is scheduled for completion in March 2012.

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