MULTI-million regeneration in Govan is starting as ground work begins for a 92-flat waterfront development.
Govan Housing Association is building the properties, a £17million project that will transform the land at Govan Cross.
The new two-bedroom homes for rent –- with six commercial units beneath them –- will be created at Water Row close to the River Clyde, as part of a wider masterplan.
Over the next five months, work will take place preparing the site at a recently-closed car park where the flats will be constructed.
Building will get under way in January next year and is expected to take two years.
Fiona McTaggart, chief executive of Govan Housing Association, said: “These new homes are the first phase of a bigger multi-million pound masterplan which will breathe new life into the Govan community.
“The delivery of much-needed affordable homes in the heart of our community remains a number one priority for Govan Housing Association.
“We acknowledge the efforts of many partners and agencies in working together and look forward to delivering new housing and further regeneration for our community.”
Construction will be carried out by CCG (Scotland) and the project is being designed to meet Glasgow City Council’s ‘Glasgow Standard’ for new-build housing – providing affordable, warm, safe and highly energy-efficient homes.
Many of the properties will offer views over to the north bank of the Clyde to the Riverside Museum and beyond.
The development will be between four and six storeys high and comprise of three blocks.
CCG (Scotland) managing director David Wylie said: “The Water Row Masterplan is a significant development for the city of Glasgow and the community of Govan.
“Alongside the creation of the new Govan/Partick Bridge and commercial premises, this first phase of housing will be a positive addition to the local economy.
“We look forward to commencing these enabling works this summer in advance of a formal site start in early 2022.”
The work is being funded by a combination of loans taken out by Govan Housing Association -– normal practice when a housing provider undertakes large scale development work — along with public funding.
This includes grants from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme, the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Clyde Mission Fund.
Improvements to the appearance of the area surrounding the new homes and commercial units will also be carried out.
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The beginning of work on these new homes and commercial units at Water Row is a very exciting first step on the way to the redevelopment of this historic part of Glasgow’s waterfront.
“These homes will be in a fantastic location –- one undergoing tremendous change. The wider plans for Water Row will see Central Govan reconnected to communities on both sides of the river, with greatly improved opportunities for local people and organisations, as well as for businesses and investors looking to come into the area.”