Demolition work is now underway at the East Whitlawburn Regeneration Project in Cambuslang, making way for a new swath of private and rented housing.
Following months of preparations, South Lanarkshire Council and Cambuslang-based CCG (Scotland) Ltd began physical clearance on Saturday (June 1) of the site, making way for 230 new social rented homes and 100 private residences for sale. Construction is expected to begin in September of this year.
The development is part of the £42m housing-led regeneration of Whitlawburn, and is being delivered in partnership with West Whitlawburn Housing Cooperative. The first of the new homes on the site are expected to be available in March 2021.
Danny Lowe, Executive Director, Housing and Technical Resources, South Lanarkshire Council said: “The commencement of the regeneration of the East Whitlawburn area is fantastic news for the local residents and the wider Cambuslang area. This major investment will transform the area and reinforces the council’s commitment to providing new, affordable, modern family homes, improving the area for the local community.”
CCG (Scotland) Ltd was appointed preferred bidder on the project by hub South West, the public-private partnerships of local authorities in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, and Dumfries & Galloway. CCG will construct all of the homes and will manage the sale of the 100 private properties through its newly-relaunched CCG Homes brand.
As part of that agreement, construction and manufacturing group CCG will undertake a range of community benefit initiatives such as the provision of jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities for local residents. The company will also provide £50,000 towards the creation of an “East Whitlawburn Community Endowment Fund”.
“With our headquarters just minutes away at Cambuslang Investment Park, we are delighted to be part of creating a lasting legacy in our local community,” said Calum Murray, director of CCG. “We look forward to working with the council and hub South West in the creation of these high-quality, energy efficient homes.”
CCG and hub South West have committed to ensuring that 70% of tendering opportunities arising from the project will be made available to local businesses, furthering the beneficial impact on the surrounding area.
“This is an important regeneration project and hub South West is very pleased to be participating in the development of high-quality homes alongside South Lanarkshire Council,” chief executive Michael McBrearty said. “The additional social inclusivity measures to be delivered by CCG ensures that the regeneration project will represent a win-win scenario for the local community.”