Residents handed final homes in “life-changing” £60 million regeneration project

Exterior of the Anderston regeneration project.

Sanctuary Scotland’s masterplan to create hundreds of affordable homes in central Glasgow has now been completed.

Keys to the final phase’s 206 flats have been handed over, changing residents’ lives for the better.

Sanctuary Scotland worked with the local community, Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to transform Anderston’s housing stock.

The 10-year project saw many 1960s buildings demolished and replaced with 540 affordable homes.

The final phase included 87 flats for social rent and 119 for mid-market rent.

Helen Campbell-Adeyanju moved into a ground-floor Sanctuary flat with her husband, daughter and two sons.

Helen, 43, said: “We feel like we’ve won the lottery. Our sons are autistic and the ground-floor flat means they are able to go outside and interact with other children.

“The boys have come on leaps and bounds in our short time here. The sense of community is helped by the number of areas put in for families to meet up and mix.”    

Linda McAuley’s move from a top-floor tenement flat has given her a new lease of life.

Linda, 61, said: “I was virtually housebound at my old flat so living here has been life-changing.

“I can now get out and about thanks to the lift in my close. My flat’s a good size and was also adapted to suit me before I moved in.

“I’m delighted to be here.”

The final phase of Sanctuary’s regeneration of Anderston includes three child play areas. A section of Argyle Street lost to pedestrians and cyclists in the 1960s was also restored, creating an unbroken thoroughfare from the city centre to Finnieston.

Our regeneration of Anderston will be formally completed with the installation of public art in December.