Crookfur Estate revamp to support more retail retirees

From left: Front ' Patricia Fraser, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts. Back' Will Hawkins, Yeoman McAllister, Leo McKee, chair of the Crookfur Estate Capital Appeal Committee, Kathy MacIntyre, director of supported living services at retailTRUST, Jim Fletcher, Provost of East Renfrewshire, Richard Boland, chief executive at retailTRUST. Photo: Iain McLean.
From left: Front ' Patricia Fraser, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts. Back' Will Hawkins, Yeoman McAllister, Leo McKee, chair of the Crookfur Estate Capital Appeal Committee, Kathy MacIntyre, director of supported living services at retailTRUST, Jim Fletcher, Provost of East Renfrewshire, Richard Boland, chief executive at retailTRUST. Photo: Iain McLean.

A major redevelopment of Crookfur Estate is set to get underway.

The aim of the project is to transform the Newton Mearns retirement estate by introducing ‘connected living’, while increasing the accommodation available in the area for retail retirees.

retailTRUST, a trade charity for people working in retail and the support service industries, is working with Clark Contracts and Bank of Scotland to 100 new affordable and digitally enabled residential units to help more people live independently in their own homes.

Patricia Fraser, daughter of the late Sir Hugh Fraser who generously bestowed the grounds of the estate, attended a ground breaking ceremony last week.

Guests included Jim Fletcher, Provost of East Renfrewshire; Leo McKee, chair of the Crookfur Capital Appeal Committee; Michael Scanlan, director at Clark Contracts, and Fraser Sime,the regional director at the Bank of Scotland.

Patricia said: “The Fraser family, and especially my father, the late Sir Hugh, have had a very close affinity with Crookfur cottageHOMES since well before the first buildings were established in the 1960s.

“My father’s great vision and philanthropy in bestowing the land to cottageHOMES created a strong bond which has been continued by The Hugh Fraser Foundation supporting the development of the estate for residents of Crookfur over six decades.”

Patricia continued: “It is a relationship which has stood the test of time and today we at the Foundation are pleased to be able to offer £500,000 to support the next phase of the redevelopment.”

The project is also being supported by a £5 million development loan from the Bank of Scotland.

Fraser Sime, regional director at the Bank of Scotland, said: “The funding we have provided will help retailTRUST to continue to transform the lives of people across the Glasgow area.

“Former retail employees can struggle to find suitable homes in their older age, and the new development will help to provide affordable, high-quality housing where people can have a safe and enjoyable retirement.

“We are committed to helping Scotland prosper.”

He added: “This is why we continually strive to support businesses and charities, like retailTRUST, to help them reach their full potential.”

Richard Boland, retailTRUST chief executive, added: “Over the next five years or more what we are creating will be transformational on so many levels.

“Firstly, in creating 100 new residential units on the site and secondly in delivering ‘connected homes’ enabled with future proofing in the rapidly developing digital care environment.”