Link’s new affordable housing development in Newton Mearns complete

Link's new affordable housing development at Hillfield Brae has been officially opened by East Renfrewshire Council’s convener for housing and maintenance services, Councillor Danny Devlin.

The £2.2million construction of 24 homes for social rent, commenced in February 2014 using £1million funding from the Scottish Government.

Built by Mansell Homes, part of the Balfour Beatty Group, the properties consist of two and three-bedroom houses, including one to meet the needs of a wheelchair-user, and all meeting the Link design standards for affordable housing.

Each property has gas central heating and hot water systems, high thermal insulation and double glazing to create warm, comfortable and energy efficient homes that will be easy and economical to run.

Contributing to the area's regeneration

This makes a total of 96 new homes for social rent which Link has delivered in East Renfrewshire during the past five years. 

Link is currently onsite at Ayr Road, Newton Mearns where eight properties for social rent and six for Intermediate Rent will be available from March 2016. Work will also begin in the coming weeks at Barcapel where 33 homes will be built for social rent.

Link Group Chairman, Roy Stirrat, said: "We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and East Renfrewshire Council to enable us to continue to build these new, high quality homes. We are continuing to work with the Council to help play a part in the area’s regeneration.”

Successfully delivering much needed affordable homes

Danny Devlin, East Renfrewshire convener for housing and maintenance services said: “We welcome the new affordable housing that this development is bringing to East Renfrewshire, with more homes set to be ready in Spring 2016. The standard of this new development is excellent and we wish the new tenants well and hope they enjoy their new homes.”

Ken Macarthur, Mansell Homes Regional Director, added: “Mansell Homes has a wealth of experience developing properties in both the private and affordable sectors. We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Link Group to successfully deliver these much needed affordable homes in East Renfrewshire which will provide a range of affordable, quality two and three bedroom villas suitable for families and modern living.

“The completion of this development highlights the success of a collaborative approach between Mansell Homes, Link Group and East Renfrewshire Council.”