A £3 million scheme for Clyde Valley Housing Association is well underway in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.
The innovative project will see the transformation of the town’s Mason Street, which was formerly a car park. Known as ‘Mason Gardens’, the 31-apartment development has been designed and constructed on a ‘secured by design’ principle and will include housing for varying needs.
In total, the development will comprise 5 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom homes, along with 40 car parking spaces. Landscape Architects CD Design have also created a low maintenance space that features bushes and herbs to the front, and planters to the rear – which has formed an attractive space where residents can socialise.
A number of the homes are also wheelchair accessible, whilst all of the homes have incorporated sustainable features such as LED lighting and low-energy boilers. Each of the properties has been built to Merchant Homes’ exacting standards, as the Managing Director of Merchant Homes, Alan Brander, explained:
“All of the homes are built to very high standards, not just to meet current building regulations, but to create properties that cater for varying needs. The ground floor apartments all have a main entrance and excellent communal access, whilst other access includes stairwells and a reception hall.
“As with all of our projects, we have paid keen attention to detail. The homes have incorporated generous ceiling heights (150-200mm higher than the building regulations) and a crisp, contemporary style that belies their affordability. Furthermore as the development is fronted on a main street, the planner was keen to ensure that the flats were doubly elevated in order to make the front and back equally attractive.
“We have managed to not only meet all of the requirements, but also create housing that is so high quality that it could be for market rent. In some ways it is similar to a hotel; it is light, welcoming and spacious, whilst also somewhere that you can enjoy a coffee with your neighbours.
“Our partnership with Clyde Valley Housing Association continues our work to provide high quality affordable accommodation to communities across Scotland. We are very much looking forward to delivering a first class development in Motherwell.”
Colin Cumming, Chair of the Investment Committee at Clyde Valley Housing Association, added:
“This development will provide much-needed accommodation for social rent in Motherwell, in an ideal spot in the town centre.”
About Merchant Homes
Merchant Homes is a specialist company that is dedicated to building comfortable homes within a safe environment. All of their homes benefit from a wealth of specialist experience and expertise from professional engineers who deliver high-efficiency and low-maintenance homes as standard.
Other recent projects include Woodland Gait – a range of beautiful 4 and 5-bedroom detached homes set within a stunning wooded area in Inverkip. Merchant Homes has also completed 48 apartments at Park Court and the 24-apartment Trafalgar Court development. They have also newly launched their Ailsa View development in Stevenston, North Ayrshire providing 20 two and three bedroom semi detached homes.