Work begins on new homes at former hospital site

A computer generated image of how phase 1 of the project will look from Battlefield

Building work has begun on the ambitious redevelopment of Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary hospital site.

The £29.3 million first phase will see Sanctuary create 135 much-needed affordable homes and 11 retail units in Langside.

The Victoria’s affordable properties include 60 flats for mid-market rent, 43 for social rent and 32 for New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) sale. This mix of tenure opens the development to south side residents unable to buy an apartment outright.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – Development, said: “The Victoria is one of Scotland’s most eagerly-anticipated housing projects so it’s rewarding to see phase 1 underway.

“These affordable homes will be highly sought after and bring new life to a historic site, sowing seeds for the south side’s newest community.”

Glasgow City Council contributed £15.7 million to increase the number of affordable housing options in the area. All of the blocks have a lift and 14 of the flats in phase 1 are wheelchair adaptable. 

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken said: “This is a huge project that should deliver real benefits to the local community and the wider city.

“Sanctuary is taking a really important site and retaining and reusing the best of its existing buildings to ensure it continues to be a focal point in the neighbourhood – through quality, affordable housing, places for work and new civic space.”

Keys to these 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments will be handed over from summer 2022. Sanctuary Scotland will manage the 103 homes for rent. Anyone interested in a flat for social or mid-market rent should phone 0800 131 3348 or email for an application form. To register an interest in buying an apartment through the Scottish Government’s New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) scheme, please visit the Sanctuary Homes website.

The Victoria’s second phase will create more than 200 homes for open market sale, including apartments in the restored Nightingale Pavilions. Further information on the future homes for sale will soon be available at The Victoria website.