The homebuilder Keepmoat Homes has signed an agreement to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council to deliver hundreds of new homes in the next phase of the flagship residential development at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in Glasgow.
As part of the 10-year regeneration programme, which is set to inject an impressive £250m into the neighbourhood, Keepmoat will be delivering 826 new homes – 628 of which will be available for private sale and 198 for mid-market rent via Glasgow Housing Association.
The regeneration programme is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, which is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, with funding from the Glasgow City Region City deal.
As well as providing much needed high quality homes, Keepmoat will be working closely with Transforming Communities to deliver long-lasting economic and social outcomes for the people and communities of Sighthill.
Part of the plans for the development, which is located to the north of the city, is to improve the connectivity of Sighthill to Glasgow. This will include the construction of a road bridge across the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, as well as the introduction of a footbridge across the M8 – a ‘street in the sky’ that will connect Sighthill to the neighbouring city centre.
Along with the new homes, retail units, green space and commercial developments also feature on the masterplan for Sighthill’s vibrant new sustainable community, which, when complete, will be the biggest project of its kind in the UK outside of London.
As part of Keepmoat’s commitment to delivering wider community benefits the homebuilder is expected to deliver 62 new jobs for modern apprentices, graduates and new entrants, 45 new construction jobs, as well as support for 46 apprenticeships and 82 work placements. The community benefits programme will also extend to education and training support, as well as a commitment of £120,000 to support local engagement initiatives.
Keepmoat is due to start on site late Spring/early Summer 2019 and will deliver a selection of locally inspired and contemporary styles to create a distinctive mix of 1,2,3,4 and 5-bedroom homes, to suit a variety of house buyers, from families to first time buyers and at prices that people can afford.
James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said:
“Sighthill is a flagship development for Keepmoat Homes. As the largest project of its kind outside of London it is a very exciting opportunity to truly transform this area of the city, creating long-term benefits. We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association on this exciting regeneration programme and we will employ the greatest effort and care to ensure that the ambition of Transforming Communities: Glasgow is fulfilled and, as such, create an exciting, rich and desirable place to live, work and play.
“The past decade has seen significant changes in Glasgow with a number of area-based regeneration projects delivering much needed homes. The development of Sighthill has the potential to further contribute to the city’s success story with a new, sustainable community, close to the city centre and unrecognisable from its current landscape.
“We are committed to delivering wider community benefits as part of the programme which will include the creation of apprenticeships and jobs in the area and work with local community projects. Sighthill embodies the values of the Keepmoat Homes organisation ‘Building Communities. Transforming Lives’ and our mission to build long-term partnerships to deliver high quality community regeneration solutions. We are in no doubt that Sighthill will become an example of highly effective regeneration for years to come.”