Housebuilder invests in eight new Scottish sites

Bellway’s Watson Park development in Chryston

BELLWAY’S Scotland West division has confirmed plans to build almost 1,000 further homes after investing in eight new sites.

The housebuilder plans to create 887 private new homes and 66 affordable properties.

The firm said the investment in 92 acres of land will see it increase the number of live developments from nine to sixteen, subject to planning permission, over the next six months, with a target of 20 by the end of next year.

Construction work is already underway on 110 homes and 20 affordable properties at its newly launched Silverwood development in Eliburn, West Lothian and on 114 luxury apartments at Dorchester 183 in Glasgow.

Scheduled to launch this month is Calderwood in East Calder which will be under Bellway’s sister brand Ashberry Homes and will see 105 homes being built. This will be followed by Landsdale in East Kilbride which will offer a mix of 108 homes. A further 74 private and 10 affordable homes will be built at Barrhead, close to its existing Rosemont Park development.  Further developments are planned for Robroyston, Armadale and Helensburgh in 2020.

Bellway said the latest acquisitions come after a ‘major restructuring’ of the Scottish operation, which saw a separate spin-out division being created in the east in August 2018 to meet demand for new homes in the Lothians.

Fraser Conn, regional director, Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland West), said, “The last year has been an extremely busy one for us, with the launch of the new division in the east and more than 547 houses being built in the west. Despite the economic uncertainty in the UK at large, the fundamentals remain strong for the industry with a significant shortage of new build homes in Scotland, constant innovation in building techniques and a skilled workforce.

“To future proof the business we are investing in new people, taking on apprentices and supporting a number of school leavers directly into the industry, who are benefiting from being mentored by our award-winning site managers.”

He added that the company is in early discussions on further new sites, in addition to the eight already earmarked.