HUNDREDS Of ‘Affordable’ Smart Technology Build-To-Rent Flats Proposed For Gorbals Site

12 April, 2021 | News

A PROPERTY company has submitted revised plans for a major Glasgow apartment development which it says will offer ‘a new model of housing’ for the city.

Craighead Properties want to build 356 flats on land bounded by Cathcart Road, Caledonia Road, Lawmoor Street, beside the new Gorbals Retail Park.

The developer says its new proposal is fully funded and, subject to planning approval, work would start this summer and be completed by the end of 2023. Craighead already have planning permission for a residential development of 384 units at the site.

A document submitted to Glasgow City Council planners with the revised application states that Craighead wants to provide “a new model of housing” for Glasgow and Scotland.

It explains: “Craighead will let out all of the flats in its Cathcart Road development at what would be considered at less than full market rental level, however unlike some other below full market rental properties operated by registered social landlords, Craighead does not require any public sector subsidy.

“Whilst Craighead recognises that it could charge higher rental levels, our long-term mission is to provide the highest quality, large, low carbon accommodation at an affordable rent.

“We believe this to be a commitment like no other and, as a Glasgow-based developer, Craighead is delighted that its first development is in our home city.”

Each apartment will extend to around 1,250 sq ft, have two bedrooms and a private balcony. Storage space for two bicycles per flat would be provided and there would be 147 regular car parking spaces.

The design statement adds: “Every house within the development will be fitted with the latest smart technology, including sockets, lighting and heating controls, as well as energy monitoring.

“All of this functionality is controlled within our ground-breaking, inhouse-developed ‘My Home’ app. The My Home app will allow tenants to manage their energy budgets, control devices, set schedules and log any maintenance issues.

“The system will monitor energy usage vs budget and send push notifications to the tenants, so that they areaware, in real-time, of any potential overspend on their weekly/monthly energy budget.

“We will also monitor the energy usage from all our homes, to make sure that the tenants are fully conversant on how to use the scheduling and device management tools in order to potentially save money on their energy bills.”

The developer states: “The apartments are designed with long-term occupancy in mind and, indeed, with the simple erection of a timber stud partition within bedroom two, these apartments can be fully converted into a three- bedroomed apartment.

“Craighead is committed to the long-term future of these properties and as such intend to construct, own, let and maintain them.”

The site has lain vacant for more than 25 years was previously home to the Dixon’s iron foundry.

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