A FORMER southside primary school site has been transformed into a £5million sustainable housing development.
The Ashmore Road property, built where Merrylee primary once stood, boasts 31 homes that will be used for residents affected by GHA’s demolition programme.
Delivered through a partnership between Govanhill and Glasgow housing associations and Glasgow city council, it provides affordable and modern rented housing and shared equity accommodation.
Kelly Fry (39), who spent eight years living in a multi-storey building in Shawbridge Street, says her children Conor (7), Callum (5) and Lucy (1) are extremely excited about their new home.
She said: “We are absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe the opportunity I’ve been given by Govanhill housing association for me and my children.
“It will make a huge difference to them having a garden. This is the start of a new life for us”.
All the properties comply with Housing for Varying Needs Standard.
This ensures it can easily be adjusted and updated as residents grow older, providing lifelong homes.
Features include the provision for easily installing a level access shower, through wall hoist for disabled occupants and enlarged main bedrooms for home working.
Elizabeth Klein, secretary of Govanhill housing association, said: “As a resident of Merrylee, it’s great to see the site of the old primary school brought back to life.
“I’m sure that our new tenants will enjoy living in such high-quality, energy efficient and secure accommodation for many years to come”.
Janice McEwan, chairwoman of Govanhill HA, said: “This latest development shows our commitment to the Merrylee community.
“We look forward to working with tenants and owners alike to continue to deliver our promises for the future”.
Alex McGuire, GHA’s executive director of development and regeneration, said the new homes were testament to the partnership between the council and housing associations.
He added: “Many of the residents have come from multi-storey flats and other GHA properties which have been earmarked for demolition as part of our plans – with the Scottish Government and the city council – to regenerate communities across the city.
“I hope they will enjoy their new homes for many years to come”.