Renfrew first to benefit from £50 million affordable housing boost

Derek Mackay MSP with new Sanctuary tenant Christine Pert, her son Rory and daughter Daisy.

Local families have moved into the first homes built in Sanctuary’s planned £50 million investment in new affordable housing stock in Renfrewshire.

We recently handed over the keys to 29 houses for social rent in Andrew Avenue and Edgar Crescent, Renfrew. The last of 77 homes being built in the £10.6 million first phase are due for completion in October. 

Christine Pert moved into Edgar Crescent with daughter Daisy,11, and son Rory, 9, having lived in Renfrew for nine years.

Christine, 50, said: “The house is fabulous.

“People who visit can’t believe how big the rooms are or how high the spec is. Our neighbours are very friendly and the area’s becoming a proper wee community.

“It’s lovely. We are very happy.”

Sanctuary’s building programme is in partnership with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council. A £6.1 million government grant helped fund the development.

Ten apprentices employed by Sanctuary’s site contractor Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd are helping build 59 houses and 18 flats, all for social rent.

A further 60 Sanctuary homes for social rent will soon be built on the site neighbouring Edgar Crescent, off Renfrew’s Station Road.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “We are proud to work in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government to provide much-needed affordable housing in Renfrew.”

Renfrewshire North and West MSP Derek Mackay spoke with tenants and met Ashleigh’s apprentices during a visit to the site.

Sanctuary Group director Peter Martin and Derek Mackay MSP meet some of the site apprentices.

Mr Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, said: “I am delighted to see the first people move into these new homes, especially as the homes are of such a high quality and in a great location in Renfrew.”

A short film on the project can be viewed below or on the Sanctuary Group YouTube channel