£250m Sighthill TRA regeneration progresses

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Glasgow City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to build 800 homes and retail/commercial properties at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA)

The £250m Sighthill TRA is the largest regeneration scheme of its type in the UK outside of London. LDA Design has been involved with the project from the start and designed its landscape-led masterplan. The practice will now work with Keepmoat Homes to progress the scheme.

LDA Design has been working with Glasgow City Council on what it calls ‘advanced infrastructure’ for the site, which will see a network of active travel routes, open public spaces, allotments and more than 20 hectares of new parkland delivered in advance of the Keepmoat development.

The parkland, with its lochans, burns and wetlands, will provide better flood protection and improve local biodiversity. It forms part of an advanced urban drainage and water management scheme.

LDA design director Kirstin Taylor said: “This is a key moment in the history of Sighthill. We are delighted to have the opportunity to further progress the plans to create a welcoming place to call home that is well connected to the rest of the city.”

Sighthill TRA is one of eight regeneration programmes across the city, and the first to benefit from the £1bn Government investment which came with the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

When complete, the regeneration will also deliver a new community school campus, a new ‘street in the sky’ footbridge across the M8 motorway due to be built late next year and a new road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill and Port Dundas, due for delivery later this year.

The Sighthill TRA replaces a housing estate of 20 10-storey tower blocks built in 1969 which once housed more than 7,500 people who built a strong community. But by the mid-1980s the area was suffering from high unemployment, crime and drug abuse and was labelled a sink estate.

Taylor added: “This was once a very close knit community. In developing the masterplan, we wanted to create an accessible, social and safe place to live with a distinct identity that builds on this historic spirit of togetherness. As far as I am aware, it is the single largest landscape-led regeneration scheme in Scotland.”

Glasgow City Council convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm councillor Kenny McLean said: “The signing of this agreement between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and Keepmoat Homes is another milestone in the regeneration of Sighthill.

“The transformation of the area will serve as an example of what can be done in urban regeneration, with the creation of a fantastic neighbourhood immediately beside the city centre. We can now anticipate this work starting and being able to watch the skyline of both Sighthill and Glasgow change over the years. I look forward to working with all our partners on the Sighthill TRA on this exciting project for Glasgow.”

The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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