East Kilbride sees completion of more than 100 affordable homes in major development

More than 100 affordable homes have been completed in East Kilbride – one of the largest projects of its kind in the area.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 12:30 pm
Councillor Josh Wilson, Chair of Housing and Technical Resources, South Lanarkshire Council; Craig Whyte, JR Group, Commercial Director; Hazel Robertson, Link Group, Development Manager; Derek Smith, Swan Group, Land & Development Director; Phil McGinlay, Swan Group, Managing Director; Martin McFarlane, MAST Architects. Picture Robert Perry
Councillor Josh Wilson, Chair of Housing and Technical Resources, South Lanarkshire Council; Craig Whyte, JR Group, Commercial Director; Hazel Robertson, Link Group, Development Manager; Derek Smith, Swan Group, Land & Development Director; Phil McGinlay, Swan Group, Managing Director; Martin McFarlane, MAST Architects. Picture Robert Perry

Developer Swan Group and construction firm JR Group said the last phase has now been officially handed over to Link Group, the Scottish housing, regeneration and support organisation.

The Law Place development, which features a mix of 105 affordable and mid-market terraced housing, flats and retirement homes, will help address a growing demand for more high-quality homes across Scotland, the scheme’s backers said.

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JR Group led the project on site from start to finish, taking two years to complete with more than 100 people working on the development at any one time.

Craig Whyte, commercial director at the JR Group, said: “The project at Law Place was a great example of how former industrial land can be regenerated and given a new lease of life.

“This was a big project for our team and our partners, who worked tirelessly to construct a great mix of homes that people can truly be proud of.

“Our team took this project forward, taking two years to complete from start to finish. With this redevelopment we have certainly delivered much needed, high-quality, new build homes and we are confident many people will enjoy living there for many years to come.”

Phil McGinlay, managing director of Swan Group, said: “The completion of the Law Place development in East Kilbride is particularly significant for Swan Group as it’s our biggest project to date and will result in families and older people having high-quality, safe and affordable homes.

“Law Place has become a new thriving community breathing life into this part of East Kilbride.”

He added: “Working closely with our partners, the JR Group, Swan Group is proud to have completed this project despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.”

Swan Group has a number of developments planned and underway including both new build and refurbished projects.

A recent report noted that Scotland requires some 53,000 affordable homes to be delivered between 2021 and 2026.

Colin Culross, group commercial director at Link, said: “We were pleased to have been supported by the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council to enable us to build these new, high-quality, affordable homes, including 34 retirement living and eight wheelchair exemplar properties. We hope they will make a big difference to the lives of the people moving into them.”

South Lanarkshire Council chair of housing and technical resources, councillor Josh Wilson, added: “The opening of this new development is a welcome boost to the South Lanarkshire housing market and helps fill a particular need for affordable housing for older people that has been designed and built with their current and future needs in mind.

“Meeting the housing needs of the communities we serve requires a partnership approach and Link Housing is a long established and valued partner, the standards on show in this development are testament to their commitment to delivering high-quality and affordable homes for local people.”

Planning is about to be granted for 151 mid-market rental flats in Glasgow’s east end.

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