Up to £34 million is to be invested to improve housing conditions in the south Glasgow area of Govanhill.
The four-year scheme, unveiled by the Scottish Government and the city council, plans to acquire up to 350 homes and bring them into the social rented sector.
The investment will build on the pilot South-West Govanhill Property Acquisition and Repair Programme. The initiative is targeting four blocks in which many of the flats had fallen into disrepair. So far, a total of 124 flats have been brought into housing association ownership, so that vital repairs can be carried out.
The Scottish Government will invest £20m towards the four-year scheme, while the council has pledged a further £14m which will see Govanhill Housing Association assume ownership of the homes in an effort to improve property management in the area.
Council Leader Frank McAveety said: "This is a huge investment package and demonstrates the council's long term commitment to Govanhill. The council has been working extremely hard alongside our partners to deliver lasting change to Govanhill.
"In our view transforming how the area's housing is managed is the foundation for a long-term improvement in Govanhill. The impact of council-inspired initiatives such as the Acquisition Programme and the Enhanced Enforcement Area is now being felt and we are seeing real signs of progress in Govanhill.
"This latest funding package builds on this progress and sets out a clear vision for the future of Govanhill. We see real potential in Govanhill and are willing to back this with the kind of investment that will make a real difference to the area."
Vice Chairperson of Govanhill HA, Annie Macfarlane, added: "This four-year funding commitment recognises the need for a longer-term approach to tackling the issues that exist in the area. Of the 124 housing association properties bought to date, over 60% are from private landlords. This reflects our successful efforts to take housing into the social rented sector, while also maintaining existing tenancies."
Time and date
Work on a new luxury housing development in Glasgow is now complete. CCG has delivered six contemporary townhouses at Hillside Gardens Lane in Glasgow's West End. Designed by Hoskins Architects, the project has been designed to complement the surrounding Victorian architecture and included the ren
Edinburgh-based developer Manse LLP has purchased a 125-acre development site at Corton in South Ayrshire. The company is working in partnership with Palmer Capital to create a new 'masterplan' for the site, which will be based on principals already established for a mixed-use scheme that will prov
A new £8.1 million primary school has been opened in Dundee. The Sidlaw View Primary School was built by Robertson Tayside under the Scape Group's National Major Works framework. The school is part of a campus that will include a replacement for Baldragon Academy when it is complete. Up to 400 pup
A consultation is to take place discussing draft proposals on Edinburgh's World Heritage Site Management Plan. The council will meet next week to consider ideas for the document put forward via previous consultations with the public. A total of six different themes and future actions have been cr
Nearly £8 million worth of school improvement projects are set to begin in the Highlands. The council has awarded three contracts to McGregor Construction and Morrison Construction to carry out works at three Inverness schools. Morrison has secured a £500,000 deal to carry out various works at St
City Gate Construction (CGC) has appointed a new Business Development Manager and Associate Director. Emma Fradgley, who has taken up her post at the Paisley-based business, has an impressive track record within the Scottish business scene, notably in similar business development roles for a numbe
Essential building works are scheduled to take place at the V&A Museum of Design in Dundee. Dundee City Council have warned drivers over future road closures while external cladding and landscaping works take place next month at the Museum. The west (Perth) bound inside lane of Riverside Esplanade
A consultation has been launched on the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. The draft guidance contains best practices for land owners and land managers when they take decisions that impact on their local community. Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the document "promotes fairness about
SSE has increased its ownership in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind development off the east cost of England. The company has acquired a further 12.5% in the project from consortium partner Statkraft, taking its overall share to 37.5%. Statoil have acquired the other 12.5% of Statkraft's share, mean
The Scottish Government has awarded £360,000 towards a regeneration project in Midlothian. The Track 2 Train scheme aims to transform a disused building at Newtongrange railway station into a hub with a bistro, training kitchen, learning centre and business space. The project is one of 29 communit