Site of former school transformed for new housing

Latest council homes opened

New build housing July 2019

Provost Jean Jones joined tenants to mark the official opening of our latest housing project at Alexandra Court in Airdrie.

The site of a former primary school has seen investment of £3.6 million to create 14 two bedroom cottage flats, including £826,000 from the Scottish Government.

Alexandra Court is the latest development to be officially opened in the council's programme to deliver 5,000 new homes by 2035, with the total number of homes completed to date now being 670.

After unveiling a commemorative plaque, the Provost visited John and Betty McGill in their new home and presented them with flowers.

"We are delighted with our new home," said Mrs McGill. "We lived in a flat for 25 years and I have some difficulties with my mobility, so having everything on the ground floor now makes life much easier. We have a garden to enjoy and it's a lovely, quiet street, close to the town centre and we have good neighbours. We are very happy here."

All new council houses are built to Housing for Varying Needs standards with wider doorways and other features to enhance their use, and are designed to be energy efficient to reduce electricity cost for tenants. The properties at Alexandra Court also have dementia friendly design features, including contrasting colours between kitchen units and flooring and between bathroom wall-boarding and flooring.

"Alexandra Court is the latest of our new build council housing projects, and it's wonderful to see the tenants settled in and enjoying the benefits of their new homes," said Councillor Heather McVey, Convener of the Communities and Housing Committee.

"Every new home we build is a step towards our pledge of 5,000 new homes across North Lanarkshire, providing high quality, modern, affordable accommodation for our residents."

The development was completed by Robertson Partnership Homes, Mast Architects and Scott Bennett Associates.

James Freel, Managing Director, Robertson Partnership Homes, said: "We're proud to be working with North Lanarkshire Council to deliver a number of affordable homes at eight sites across the region. These projects, all of which were procured through Scape's National Major Works framework, will ensure an increased supply of much needed high-quality accommodation for people in North Lanarkshire. The 14 properties we have built at Alexandra Court are built to last and we hope they will contribute to the transformation of the local area."

The Scottish Government contributes towards the development costs of each site.

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