Elaine C’s new houses for herself!

Elaine C Smith opening Blochairn Housing Association new homes in Royston 7.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Elaine C Smith opening Blochairn Housing Association new homes in Royston 7.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

STAR of TV and stage Elaine C. Smith opened an £11million housing development in North Glasgow recently.

More than 200 residents turned out for the celebration of the 101 new homes by Blochairn Housing Association in Royston.

Special guest Elaine declared the development officially open.

There were performances from singer Maeve O’Boyle and band Go Go Bot as well as entertainment from Eurydice (Glasgow Women’s Socialist Choir), who performed for Nelson Mandela during his visit to Glasgow, and Sambayabamba.

Visitors were given the chance to see inside the new homes, at the junction of Royston Road and Blochairn Road, which includes 95 flats and six townhouses.

It was the biggest development by a housing association in Glasgow this year.

All of the 70 homes for rent have been leased and 19 of the 31 properties for sale have been purchased.

Work started in January 2010 and was completed five months ahead of schedule and on budget.

Michael Carberry, director of Blochairn Housing Association, said: “It has been worth all the effort put in by so many people. The design and quality of the homes are first class.

“We planned an official opening with a difference and Maeve O’Boyle, Go Go Bot, Eurydice and Sambayabamba all performed brilliantly.

“Elaine C. Smith was a class act and had the crowd in the palm of her hand as she performed the opening ceremony.

“We hope that our new residents will be happy in their homes.”

The new homes have been more than 14 years in the making. Blochairn Housing Association wanted to buy the former council road’s department site since 1997.

The association was formerly Blochairn Housing Co-operative, which was established in 1990 and took the transfer of 230 council homes.

It has undertaken a phased programme of regeneration and new build, and currently has 289 homes for rent and 36 have been created for ownership.

GRAND OPENING: Elaine C. Smith is pictured above at the new development with tenants and local residents.