New homes bring colour to Cumbernauld

Ochilview Court development in Cumbernauld

A housing project which brings colour to Cumbernauld is proving popular with residents.

Sanctuary’s £4.3 million Ochilview Court development was built on the site of a former nursing home in Seafar.

Most of the 39 flats off Hume Road were handed over to occupants of Hume Road’s high-rise blocks.

Marina Gardiner moved to Ochilview Court from an 11th floor flat in Blair House.

Marina, 82, said: “My new flat is lovely and so much warmer. My old storage heaters wouldn’t have coped with the cold weather we’ve had.

“It’s great to be here, a short walk from my old home. I feel as if I haven’t moved and I can still walk into the town centre.

“Most of the residents are from the neighbouring blocks, so it’s nice to see familiar faces.”

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Ochilview Court was built in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government, thanks in part to a £2.9 million grant.

The development has 22 flats for rent and 17 for shared equity sale.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The Council was delighted to help with this project and Sanctuary has done a fantastic job.

“These flats provide safe, secure and warm accommodation and I wish the tenants every happiness.”

Cumbernauld MSP Jamie Hepburn said: “These are high quality new homes for people from the area that will last long into the future.

“This is just one of a range of great investments into new social housing through Sanctuary Group I am pleased to see the Scottish Government supporting.”

Blair House and Scott House will be the only Hume Road high-rises still standing after Drummond House’s demolition later this year. All three blocks will eventually be replaced with further affordable housing as Sanctuary’s regeneration project continues