West of Scotland Housing Association given green light for Glasgow’s largest Passivhaus development
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has received planning consent from Glasgow City Council for its landmark Passivhaus social housing development in Glasgow’s East End.
The new homes will be at a former brownfield site on the corner of London Road and Springfield Road on the edge of the Commonwealth Village in the shadow of Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.
The development, the largest of its kind in Glasgow, will comprise of 36 flats over six storeys and be created to meet Passivhaus standard which reduces the building’s carbon footprint and contributes towards the Scottish Government’s Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 target to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. The ultra-low energy building requires little energy use for heating or cooling which means low fuel bills for tenants and this in turn will help address fuel poverty.
As a development partner of hub West Scotland, the project was procured through its pre-procured contractors framework and CCG (Scotland) Ltd was appointed as the preferred developer. Funded by a £4.3 million of grant funding from Glasgow City Council’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme and WSHA’s private finance, early groundworks will commence in the coming weeks with the first tenants due to move in from summer 2021.
Andrew Kubski, director of development and asset management at WSHA, said: “We are delighted to have had the confirmation that we can proceed with our latest development in Glasgow. The new Passivhaus homes will be created to achieve one of the highest standards of energy efficiency and this will lead to lower fuel bill for tenants and help to address fuel poverty.”
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The creation of the biggest Passivhaus development in Glasgow at Springfield Cross is important for the city in a number of ways. Not only will this see high quality new homes built in the area, but these flats will have much lower heating costs and will play a key role in reducing emissions and so help meet targets for tackling climate change. We were pleased to support West of Scotland Housing Association with this landmark in sustainable housing delivery in Glasgow.”
Iain Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to partner with WSHA in the delivery of this important development and are delighted to have secured planning consent. When complete, it will provide high quality affordable homes and enhance the local area. We are looking forward to the construction stage and will ensure that the local community benefits as fully as possible from business, employment and training opportunities.”