Merchant City apartment development tipped to prove popular

GLASGOW Housing Association (GHA) has started work to deliver a second development of flats for affordable rent in the Merchant City area of Glasgow.

Following the completion earlier this year of the Bell Street Stables, featuring 52 one and two-bedroom flats, a further 46 apartments for mid-market rent are being built in nearby Watson Street.

The £9.1 million project, which will provide four wheelchair-standard flats and commercial space on the ground floor, has been supported by £4.2 million of grant from Glasgow City Council. The block, built on a derelict brownfield site, will contain seven, eight and nine storeys to fit in with nearby buildings.

Construction is being led by CCG. Once complete, the homes will be managed by GHA’s Wheatley Group partner, Lowther Homes.

David Fletcher, Wheatley’s director of development said, “This is an exciting new development which will offer people more opportunities to rent a quality, affordable flat in a fantastic part of Glasgow. Our mid-market rent flats in nearby Bell Street proved very popular with young professionals, particularly those not able to get on the property ladder quite yet. I’m sure these flats in Watson Street will be snapped up too when they are finished later next year.”

CCG MD David Wylie added, “Watson Street is a continuation of the great work performed between the Wheatley Group and CCG in creating quality, energy efficient homes. In an area of the city that is in high demand for housing, the development will go a long way to providing people with a great place to live in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. We look forward to bringing this development forward with our Wheatley partners, along with others, as we move into the New Year.”

CCG has committed to providing new jobs, apprenticeships and work placements as part of the project, as well as offering curriculum support to local colleges and donating to community-based projects.