Published: March 20, 2023
Seven-figure funding from Unity Trust Bank helps improve social housing stock in Scotland
An 18-month, multi-million pound demolition and new build programme at two high-rise tower blocks in the Gorbals, Glasgow meant that 276 tenants needed to be rehoused in appropriate accommodation.
A £3m loan from Unity Trust Bank, along with Government grants and security bond funding, enabled New Gorbals Housing Association to provide new build homes. These were made for the vast majority of the tenants who were previously housed in two high-rise blocks which were subject to demolition.
Fraser Stewart is the Director of New Gorbals Housing Association. He said: “The multi-storey blocks required extensive remedial works to meet fire safety standards. After consultation with tenants and the Scottish Government, it was agreed that clearing the buildings and moving tenants into new energy efficient properties was the best option.”
New Gorbals Housing Association was established in 1989. The initial aim was to build new homes to replace the cold and damp, mostly high rise and deck access flats built in the 1960s, for the 10,000 people who live in the south side suburb of Gorbals. Since then, the Association has grown its social housing stock to over 2,600, including 1,100 new build homes
Jean Miller, Chairperson of New Gorbals Housing Association, said: “The Association has built and modernised property to sustainable standards. In addition to ensuring we make homes as energy efficient as possible, we take great care to design and build high-quality homes and beautiful places that people are proud to live in.”
New Gorbals also employs over 100 staff. It works in partnership with Jobs & Business Glasgow and Working Rite to help create employment opportunities.
Jean added: “The Association focuses on not only creating homes but creating communities. So, we work closely with the local community, especially in the areas of food and fuel poverty. With the help of local and central government we provide breakfast clubs, hot food and assistance with fuel bills. We also organise several annual events, like our Summer Fair, for the whole community to participate in.”