New homes for rent in Govanhill on site of former primary school

Many of the new 45 new homes at Batson Street, Govanhill, are already occupied.
Many of the new 45 new homes at Batson Street, Govanhill, are already occupied.

The site of a former primary school in the south side of Glasgow has been transformed into 45 new homes.

The Lowther Homes mid-market development in Batson Street, Govanhill – built by contractors CCG (Scotland) Ltd – is on the site of the old Victoria Primary School, which was demolished in 2017.

The homes were built for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and are let and managed by GHA’s partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes.

The development, made up of 40 flats and five houses, also features a communal landscaped courtyard and 25 car parking spaces. The houses each have their own garden.

The £5.9 million project was built with the help of Scottish Government funding of £1.6m.

Rent for the energy-efficient new homes – the vast majority of which have already been let – is between £400 and £505 per calendar month.

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group director development, said: “We’re delighted to increase the supply of much-needed affordable homes in the city.

“Mid-market rent homes provide a good option for people who may not qualify for social housing but can’t afford to buy.”

Glasgow-based CCG utilised its construction expertise to ensure enhanced levels of quality and environmental performance and, as a direct result of its involvement, was also able to provide a series of initiatives for the local community.

As part of the contract, CCG created five full-time jobs and two apprenticeships as well as engaging with local schools and contributing towards a new wheelchair ramp for a nearby community garden.

CCG managing director David Wylie said: “These new homes have an enhanced building fabric ensuring that residents can reduce energy consumption and lower their fuel bills.”