The £220million regeneration of Sighthill has taken a major step forward with the start of work on new Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) homes.
The properties are part of a major regeneration of the area by GHA, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.
The 141 GHA homes for social rent are the first stage in the transformation of Sighthill. Future phases will see new homes for sale, a new school campus and new transport links.
Sighthill is one of eight areas earmarked as a priority for regeneration by Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G), a city-wide initiative.
The £13.7million GHA development is expected to be complete by late 2015.
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “The regeneration of the area is very exciting and will bring almost 800 new homes and a whole host of community and infrastructural improvements.
“This was brought forward by many years by our bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, which while ultimately unsuccessful, will leave us a fantastic legacy in the form of a new Sighthill.”
Sighthill had been earmarked as the preferred site of the athletes’ village as part of Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Despite Glasgow losing out on its bid, the regeneration of Sighthill is going ahead much earlier than previously planned.
Glasgow City Council’s masterplan for the area also includes shops and a new bridge linking Sighthill to the city centre.
Local residents have been closely involved in the plans for the new homes.
Gordon Sloan, GHA chairman, said: “The start of work on these homes marks the first stage in what will be the transformation of Sighthill.”
A Local Delivery Group for Sighthill, chaired by Bailie Allan Stewart, and made up of residents, councillors, the Scottish Government, council and GHA staff, will oversee the wider regeneration plans.