An abandoned housing development in North Lanarkshire has been brought back to life by Lochay Homes.
Lochay Homes bought the Caldermains site when a previous developer went into administration.
Caldermains, located in the village of Cleland, is now being redeveloped by Lochay Homes to create 46 new houses.
With rail links nearby providing travel to Glasgow in 30 minutes and Edinburgh in an hour, Caldermains is in an excellent location, while retaining the sense of community that comes with a village location.
The village provides excellent local facilities including a range of shops, a primary school and secondary school. Golfers will appreciate the nearby Greenhill Country Estate, and those looking for alternative forms of relaxation can take advantage of being in close proximity to New Lanark Conservation Village and Strathclyde Country Park.
Site Manager Jamie Thomson said:
“There were 7 houses on the site when we first bought it. Externally they were finished but were not completed internally. We’ve gone back to planning and have created great new designs and new house types for the development, but remained true to what was already there.”
Lochay Homes started work on the site at the end of 2011 to finish off the work which had been done by the previous developer. They began work on phase two of the project- their own new-build houses- in March 2012.
The development will provide a variety of house types ranging between two, three and four-bedroom houses in different designs. Lochay Homes worked with locally based architect Walter Struthers of Dalziel Design on the development.
All the houses are timber framed and well insulated. Solar PV panels have been fitted onto the roof of each home to generate electricity; an estimated 1250 kWh per year per house.
Lochay Homes have also added other useful features to the homes on the Caldermains site. Each bedroom has fitted wardrobes and there is a number of safety features included, such as mains connected smoke detectors, heat detectors and C02 monitors.
There are also a wide range of design features which make the homes attractive and individual. For example, buyers can choose from a range of kitchen units and worktops in the kitchen, which includes a stainless steel sink and stainless steel oven, hob and chimney hood. Buyers also have a choice of quality tiles in the bathroom and en suite.
Jamie Thomson said:
“It’s been an interesting project to work on. I’m relatively new to construction and this is the first project I have worked on from ground up, we have a really good team of highly experienced property professionals so as a second project it has been really good experience for me. We have seven new houses completed so far. The show house is also open and people have begun to move in.
“They are high spec good quality houses and they are great value for the location and house types. They are not the typical new build, for example every bedroom has built in wardrobes and the solar PV panels on the roofs mean that they are very economical to live in too with the solar systems expected to generate an energy saving of over £80 and a feed in tariff income of over £280 in the first year alone.
“We had to work with the local planning office in terms of the look of the houses so that they remained in-keeping with what was already there. But it’s an excellent project to be involved in and as long as people want great value quality new homes we will do very well.”