Dalmuir is a 10-year regeneration project that has created a community of 164 new homes for social rent and New Supply Shared Equity sale.
The development is situated on the north bank of the River Clyde, three miles west of Clydebank.
The Beardmore Company built 292 tenement flats in the early 1920s to accommodate its workers and others in a 6.5 acre area between Dumbarton Road and the Forth and Clyde canal.
Following community consultation, we embarked upon an ambitious project to demolish all of the flats and replace them using £12.5 million of our own funds and complemented by funding from the Scottish Government, West Dunbartonshire Council and private lenders.
The northern flats on Dumbarton Road have a strong frontage similar to the previous tenement block while corner feature windows mark the entrance to the development. Sandstone ‘saltires’ from the 1920 development have been incorporated into the regeneration project and were copied into the metalwork in the final phase to retain this symbolic theme.
Two-storey family housing can be found in the heart of the development with pedestrian links through to the canal frontage to the south. The scale of the blocks increases, reflecting the proportion of the existing properties on Jellicoe Street and the prominent canal-side setting of the houses.
A play park was included, which can be accessed by residents of all phases.
The materials used are a combination of render, red facing brick and proprietary cladding panels, highlighting key architectural features. A large amount of glazing to the front facades with French windows and balconies maximises the south facing location and aspect over the canal.
A more contemporary frontage to the canal is created where the predominant elevation material is render, with red facing brick and proprietary cladding panels to highlight key elevational features. A large proportion of glazing, balconies and metal balustrading have been incorporated on the front facades, together with modern mono-pitched roofs.
The specification of all properties allows homes to be run economically and efficiently. In addition, the final phase was built to comply with the Scottish Building Standards Section 7, Silver Standard 1 and 2, which will help to reduce tenants’ energy usage.
A “fabric first” approach to energy efficiency and low carbon emissions was adopted, incorporating a high level of insulation and large double glazed windows to provide an increased level of daylight and solar gain
This was further enhanced with the installation of ‘A’ rated gas combi-boilers and renewable energy in the form of Photovoltaic Panels and smart meters. There are also Centralised and Decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation systems.
A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) comprising underground storage tanks limits the flow of surface water prior to connection to the combined sewer.
- Community engagement
Link’s estate management project, Linkscape was set up in April 2015 to encourage tenants, owners and staff to work together to make, and sustain, environmental improvements in their neighbourhoods.
The project won the ‘Best Practice in Developing Communities’ award at the 2015 Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Scotland awards.
Linkscape helped to create a community garden in the regeneration area, out of which a project called ‘Growing Beardmore’ was established.
Members of Growing Beardmore benefit from eating their own home-grown organic produce. They are able to keep active, sustain positive relationships with their neighbours and Link staff and continue to improve the look of the once heavily used ‘dumping ground.’
Growing Beardmore has received funding from a number of organisations, including Link, Awards for All and the FlightPath fund.
- Providing jobs
Our tender process on the final phase of construction ensured that the contractor provided a range of training and work opportunities as part of our community benefits clause.
The developer, McTaggart Construction, exceeded Link’s requirements and delivered:
- 12 work placements
- Four new entrants
- Seven existing apprentices
- 10 training opportunities
As part of the wider community benefits programme McTaggart also worked with a local employability project and Dalmuir Early Years Centre to upgrade their garden and playground.