Sighthill Glasgow regeneration project explained

Major Glasgow Regeneration Project Surges On

Written by Owain Banfield
Written by Owain Banfield
27th October 2017 (Last updated on Wednesday 24th January 2018)

The regeneration of the Sighthill area of Glasgow is well on course, as the preferred housing developer for more than 800 new homes was named earlier this month.

On 12th October, Glasgow City Council named Keepmoat Homes as its preferred developer for the residential development at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city. 

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What is the Sighthill regeneration project?

The regeneration of Sighthill is the biggest regeneration project in the UK outside of London. The £250m project will deliver almost 1,000 new high-quality homes for sale and rent; a new community school campus; a new footbridge across the M8, creating a 'street in the sky' to connect Sighthill to the neighbouring city centre; and a new road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill and Port Dundas.

The regeneration will also improve parkland throughout the entire area, and provide active travel routes to and from the city centre, allotments and public spaces.

The development will provide much-needed affordable homes in the area, with added community enhancement schemes. 

What’s with the recent announcement?

The announcement names the residential developer who will deliver 826 new homes (628 for sale, 198 for mid-market rent), as well as retail units and a commercial development over the next decade to complete the regeneration of Sighthill.

The new mid-market rent homes will be built by GHA and let and managed by GHA's partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes. The private homes, retail unit and commercial development will be delivered through a development agreement between Keepmoat Homes and Glasgow City Council.  

141 new Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) homes are already built and occupied in the area.

Keepmoat Homes became the preferred developer after a competitive dialogue process, with two excellent final bids submitted in August before the final decision in late September.

When will the Sighthill project be finished?

At present, the most visible sign of Sighthill's regeneration are the 141 homes built by GHA in 2015, and the demolition of the high-rise blocks across the site. 

Other dates to note regarding key elements of the project include the imminent completion of remediation work; the delivery of infrastructure works - including new utilities, public realm and the public park - by late 2019; the building of a new community campus school by October 2019; the construction of a new road bridge across the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line by late 2018; and the delivery of the M8 pedestrian bridge by late 2019.

The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Reaction: “A historic day for Sighthill and Glasgow”

Reacting to the announcement, Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: 

"This is a historic day for Sighthill and Glasgow.  The appointment of Keepmoat Homes as our preferred developer to deliver new homes, shops and a commercial development in Sighthill marks the next step for the regeneration of Sighthill. 
“This area, immediately to the north of the city centre, has fantastic potential, and I am sure it will become an example of regeneration to follow in the years to come."

Image courtesy of Glasgow City Council Housing and Regeneration Services

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