The £4.8 million Auchinairn Road development north of Glasgow is almost complete.
The site comprises 36 flats and ten houses all to rent as social housing. The ten houses are formed around a landscaped square and the 36 flats are arranged round a car parking courtyard with shared gardens to the rear.
The client is The Link Group, while the main contractor is McTaggart Construction and the architect is Assist Design. The project began in September 2011 and is due to be completed in November 2012.
Douglas Taylor, Director of Assist Architects said:
“The site was a bit of an eye-sore before. Previously it was a site compound for Taylor Wimpey who have built hundreds of houses in the area. The build has been designed to blend in with this nearby private housing with the idea being to try to match social housing to the materials used for the adjacent private estates.”
The development is being constructed using light coloured brick with white render and concrete roof tiles. The 36 flats are in two blocks which are both three storey’s high – with six flats off each stairwell – and are within two “L” shaped buildings to form a courtyard. All the flats have two bedrooms.”
“Of the ten houses, all are semi detached. Six of them are three-bedroom and two are four-bedroom. The other pair comprise a three- bedroom house which is joined to a specially designed two- bedroom wheelchair bungalow. The bungalow is bespoke with a carport, specially adapted kitchen and bathroom.
“One of the other interesting features is that there is an existing reed bed which we are keeping. We are augmenting the landscape around the reed bed and have a programme to clean it out. It’s a bit of local biodiversity which we have retained and enhanced.”
The Housing Association chose many of the interior features in the new buildings.
The local council also has a strategy for developing a cycle way infrastructure in the area and the site is integral to that ambition. There is also a new play area incorporated and a new access path that will shorten the journey time for the whole community to get to the local shops.
“The buildings are all up and are wind and weather tight, it’s really down to the finishing touches. There is mainly external landscaping to be completed which has been difficult due to the weather over the summer.
“The project is a further demonstration of our ongoing relationship with Link Housing Association. We’ve been lucky enough to partner with them on a number of successful projects and are really pleased with this brilliant development.”