Gateside Way, Cumbernauld

New build development in Westfield, Cumbernauld of 29 properties

Site: North Road, Cumbernauld
Development Name: Gateside Way
Number of Units: 29
Cost: £2.7m
Start Date: February 2011
Completion Date: February 2012

The houses are built on what was a vacant development site and welcomed the first families during February 2012. The site has been developed at a cost of £2.7m.

Design standards:

In addition to meeting current Building Standards, including very high levels of energy efficiency, the new houses also:

  • Meet Housing for Varying Needs Standards (making them more accessible and easier to adapt for tenants with physical disabilities)
  • Achieve Secure by Design Accreditation
  • Achieve a 'good' eco homes rating as a minimum
  • Incorporate Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents recommendations to maximise home safety.

Particular needs:

As well as meeting a range of housing needs the new housing is especially suitable for people with particular needs including older people and people with a physical disability.

A number of the developments are designated as Amenity Housing for older people, and all the ground floor accommodation are wheelchair accessible.

In addition, a number of purpose built wheelchair standard houses have been included within developments to help meet the needs of individuals and families who have a household member with a physical disability. While these houses are more expensive to build the benefits to the future tenants are immeasurable in terms of their quality of life.

Recognition:

  • COSLA Quality Awards 2011 (Bronze)
  • Scottish Home Awards 2011 - Wates / NLC Training Initiative with Motherwell College - Highly commended
  • UK Housing Awards 2011 - shortlisted as finalist (to be announced 9th Nov)
  • NLC Corporate Awards 2011-Team of the Year

Of more importance than awards has been the positive feedback from tenants and the impact the new build programme has had on the quality of live for our tenants.

"As a family we all love our new home. I'm absolutely delighted with the layout of the property and the additional space it has given us. It's exciting being part of a new community and being part of a new housing development. The area is really quiet and I love being able to let my daughter go out on her scooter"

Wider Community and Environmental benefits:

The Building for the Future Programme is of wider benefit to the council and local communities and contributes to a number of Corporate Priorities. Examples of some of the wider benefits include:-

  • Development of brownfield sites that would otherwise lie derelict
  • Contribution to community regeneration priorities, eg Ravenscraig
  • Low carbon, energy efficient homes, including use of renewable technology
  • Community Benefit clause within Framework Agreement contract which has resulted in partnership between contractors, Regeneration Services and Motherwell College to help long term unemployed people access employment and training in construction
  • Work experience placements for schools
  • Financial contribution to new school building programme by purchasing school sites
  • Wates also have a community programme and they have helped local schools and community projects adjacent to their sites, eg helped refurbish lecture theatre within St Maurice's High school, helped with work to the local BMX track.

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