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DECADE-Long Regeneration Effort Transforms Anderston Housing

A 10-YEAR project to develop hundreds of affordable homes in the Anderston area of central Glasgow has been completed.

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

Many 1960s buildings were demolished and have been replaced with 540 new properties.

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.

Keys to the final phase of 206 flats — 87 for social rent and 119 for mid-market rent — have now been handed over.

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 and will be formally completed with the installation of public art in December.

Sanctuary Scotland