Apprentices build better future


Construction apprentices are putting their skills to good use on the site of a new £1.6m sheltered housing development in East Renfrewshire.

Housing Association Hanover Scotland’s new development at Waterford Court, Giffnock, will feature 12 fully insulated and energy efficient flats for rent with landscaped gardens.

The development is being built by Ashleigh (Scotland) who have a number of apprentices involved in the project. The Waterford Court site had previously contained 13 sheltered housing units for rent to frail older people and opened in 1997.

However, the association, working in close partnership with both East Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government, identified amenity housing for rent as being more suitable for the area.

Demolition of the previous development started in January, with the new flats expected to be available to new residents in November 2016.

Dignitaries, including council leader Jim Fletcher, will have the opportunity to see progress on the site and how apprentices from the company have been involved, as well as learning from Hanover Scotland about how the site will contribute to the future housing needs of the area.

Mark Farey, director of asset management for Hanover Scotland, said: “We’re well on the way to providing these much-needed new homes in Giffnock.

“The re-development of Waterford Court is a perfect example of how Hanover is adapting to the changing needs of older people.

“Every property is designed to make the most of the space and light available and we’ve taken great care to ensure they are as energy-efficient as possible, in order to keep the costs to residents at a minimum. We look forward to welcoming residents move in from the end of the year.”

Hanover is one of Scotland’s largest housing associations for older people, managing more than 5,000 properties for tenants and owners, and providing commercial services to more than 40,000 people.

It has a strong working relationship with East Renfrewshire Council and in the authority manages five other housing developments, providing 75 properties for rent and factoring services for eight private properties.