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IN RECENT times it seems that there is a massive regeneration of Cumbernauld housing; from the planned demolition of the tower blocks to the refurbishment of the Kildrum Y flats. And now another construction project has gotten underway.
Wates Living and Space have begun construction on the build of 29 new affordable homes at North Road, adjacent to Saint Maurice's High School.
Over 500 new houses will be built in the next five years, as part of the Building for the Future programme; North Road is just one slice of that pie.
The North Road development will build 21 terraced and 8 semi-detached houses.
North Lanarkshire Council revealed that the £2.7 million cost of the project has been subsidised by a grant of £0.63 million, from the Scottish Government.
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St Maurice's pupils have been involved with the project. They were given the task of designing three hoarding panels that will greet passers-by on the North Road. Pupils kept their designs within three very different themes: the school's Global Citizenship Partnership with two schools in Malawi; Scotland's history and culture; and the International Children's Games 2011 which are taking place in Lanarkshire.
Convener of Housing and Social Work, Councillor Barry McCulloch, said: "This is our first new build development in the Cumbernauld area and it will see our 100th new home built, providing much needed housing in the area. Our £75 million Building for the Future programme will deliver a total of 500 homes across North Lanarkshire, underlining our commitment to providing high quality homes for our tenants.
"The homes here in North Road will be modern, energy efficient, accessible and built to the highest standards."
As well as allowing pupils to show off their fantastic art skills Wates Living and Space and architects Coultart Earley have given four school pupils work experience placements, with a view to offering more placements in the future.
Local unemployed people are also benefiting. North Lanarkshire Council, in partnership with Wates Living and Space are getting people back into work through a training programme, in conjunction with Motherwell College. It has already been successful as one of the trainees has gained a job with Wates and a number of others will be employed on the North Road project.
All the properties in the North Road development will be built to Housing for Varying Needs Standards and are designed to achieve at least a 'Good' Eco-Homes Standards rating. One of the properties will be purpose-built for a young person who uses a wheelchair and will enable them to have an improved quality of life by having all their living accommodation accessible on one level.
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