Century-old tenements set for refurbishment

PROCAST has been awarded an £880,000 contract to refurbish 100-year-old red sandstone tenement flats in Glasgow’s east end.

The project will involve an extensive makeover to the nine empty properties at the corner of Green Street and London Road. The contract was awarded by Thenue Housing Association, which is responsible for 3,500 homes in the city.

The 32-week project was given the go-ahead after a two-stage tender process. Starting in mid-November, the works will involve full external and internal renovation of the flats, which are situated on three storeys above three ground-floor commercial premises.

The programme of works will include re-roofing, sandstone repairs to the front elevation and reinstatement of ornamental balustrades on the parapet, new rainwater goods, new external doors and sash-and-case windows, structural repairs, installation of external wall insulation and render, insulation to the inside face of external walls, new kitchens, bathrooms and joinery finishes, gas central heating systems, mechanical and electrical installations, formation of new structural openings, and new internal finishes.

Procast director Frank McManus said, “This project is logistically very challenging, as it involves a building sited on the corner of a busy road with no on-site parking. This will be our first project with this new client, so it is a challenge we are really looking forward to and one where we will rely on our vast experience of tenement refurbishment works.

“The apartments are currently void and unoccupied, so it will be great to carry out the refurbishment works which will see these flats fully occupied again, supporting Thenue Housing Association’s aims of creating affordable housing in sustainable communities.”