First new build homes in Cumbernauld

Work starts at North Road site

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The start of work on 29 affordable new homes in North Road, Cumbernauld has been marked with a sod cutting ceremony.

These are the latest homes to be built as part of our Building for the Future programme that will see 500 new homes for rent completed over a five year period.

Located opposite St Maurice's High School, this new development will include 21 terraced and eight semi-detached houses. They are being built for us by Wates Living Space and are expected to be complete later this year. We were successful in securing a grant of £0.625 million from the Scottish Government towards the £2.7 million development costs.

Pupils from St Maurice's High School have already been involved in the new housing development and created artwork for three of the hoarding panels around the site. The themes for the panels are: the school's Global Citizenship Partnership with two schools in Malawi; Scotland's history and culture; and the International Children's Games 2011 which are taking place in Lanarkshire.

Convener of Housing and Social Work, Councillor Barry McCulloch, said: "This is our first new build development in the Cumbernauld area and it will see our 100th new home built, providing much needed housing in the area. Our £75 million Building for the Future programme will deliver a total of 500 homes across North Lanarkshire, underlining our commitment to providing high quality homes for our tenants.

"The homes here in North Road will be modern, energy efficient, accessible and built to the highest standards."

Wates Living Space and project architects Coultart Earley have been developing a strong relationship with St Maurice's High School and have provided four pupils with work experience placements, with plans to provide more opportunities in future. Wates also plan to involve the school in their annual community day later in the year.

The company is also working with the council to support local unemployed people back into work through a training programme, in conjunction with Motherwell College. One of the trainees has gained a job with Wates and a number of others will be employed on the North Road project.

All the properties in the North Road development will be built to Housing for Varying Needs Standards and are designed to achieve at least a 'Good' Eco-Homes Standards rating. One of the properties will be purpose-built for a young person who uses a wheelchair and will enable them to have an improved quality of life by having all their living accommodation accessible on one level.

The design specification aims to achieve the highest possible standards that will adapt to the changing needs of tenants. It also incorporates our current high standard of kitchen and bathroom specifications, and aims to minimise ongoing maintenance requirements.

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