£20m lease of life for Scottish community
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Broomhill is set to enjoy a £20 million regeneration as River Clyde Homes, the Inverclyde-based housing association, makes the biggest investment of its seven-year history.
Close to Greenock town centre, Broomhill is a high density area of 666 properties largely of late 60s/early70s construction. At its heart are three multi-storey blocks which, River Clyde says, “will have their appearance altered to stunning effect using a high specification, ultra-modern rain screen system to create a dramatic new façade”.
A community architect firm (MAST Architects) has carried out an appraisal of the area in conjunction with a local group of customers and residents.
Jenny Speck, who chairs the Broomhill tenants’ and residents’ association, said: “We cannot express how pleased we are as a community that Broomhill is finally getting a major makeover. We love this area, some people have stayed here all their lives and while it looks sorry for itself in parts, it’s a place with a heart.
A three-year plan will see the all properties refurbished both externally and internally and around 20 new homes will be built.
Inverclyde Council leader Stephen McCabe said: “This investment from River Clyde Homes is a significant development and will be welcomed by the community. In addition to redevelopment and regeneration work, building new homes in Inverclyde will be essential in ensuring that our area continues to thrive and grow.”