Kildrum housing development gets underway

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:26 BST on Monday 16th July 2012.

Cumbernauld is soon to welcome a further 58 new homes as construction work on new properties at Kildrum gets underway.

Sanctuary’s £5.8 million project in Kildrum will bring 58 much-needed new properties to the Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road area of Kildrum.

Graham Construction has been contracted to carry out the work, which is being built in partnership with Sanctuary Scotland but managed and maintained by Sanctuary Cumbernauld, in a deal which will see Graham offer a minimum of eight new entrant trainee or apprenticeship opportunities, 20 work experience opportunities and over £30,000 towards local community benefit projects.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of the Housing and Social Work Committee at North Lanarkshire Council, commented on the ongoing work: “I’m very pleased to see work underway here to transform the site with modern, affordable housing.

“There is an ongoing demand for social housing across North Lanarkshire, and in particular in Cumbernauld, so this development will not only provide much needed, high quality housing for the area but it will also see the completion of this major regeneration project in Kildrum.

“With the council also building new homes in the area, as part of our £150 million new build programme, and the excellent work that Sanctuary and other housing providers are doing in North Lanarkshire, we are creating valuable new housing stock for tenants now and in the future.”

Sanctuary will receive £2.1 million from the Scottish Government towards the total cost of the project, with the completion of the 58 properties due by April 2013.

As part of the project, the housing mix comprises of 44 two-storey family homes, 7 wheelchair-accessible bungalows and 7 three / four-storey flats

Adding to Councillor Love’s comments, Sanctuary Cumbernauld director Gordon Laurie said: “We look forward to providing more high quality housing for rent in Kildrum in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government.”

The new homes are the second phase of Sanctuary’s regeneration of Kildrum, after the 108 flats which previously occupied the site were demolished after they were found to be structurally defective, with residents re-housed in the 51 properties created in phase one.

Phase two of the project has been developed in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, with the new homes set to be allocated from the North Lanarkshire Common Housing Register.

Housing Minister Keith Brown said: “Everyone in Scotland should be in safe, warm and affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities like Cumbernauld.

Mr Brown added: “Continued investment in new, affordable housing will help boost our economy, through the direct impact it has on construction and jobs and it’s very encouraging to see how apprentices can be involved in creating such high quality homes.”