End of an era in Cumbernauld…

High-rise living laid to rest by Safedem.

Cumbernauld’s last two tower blocks are being reduced to rubble, making space for more than 130 new homes. Safedem’s demolition of Stuart House and Elliot House in Burns Road by high-reach excavator marks the end of more than 50 years of high-rise living in the town.

Affordable housing developer Sanctuary Homes consulted the local community before submitting a planning application to North Lanarkshire Council for 136 flats for social rent.
The proposals for Burns Road are the next chapter in Sanctuary’s successful £75 million high-rise regeneration project.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “The demolition of Stuart House and Elliot House is a highly symbolic milestone in the quest to improve Cumbernauld’s affordable housing stock. The new homes built by Sanctuary during the regeneration project are as important to Cumbernauld’s future as the 12 tower blocks have been to its past. Sanctuary will continue to work with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government to increase the number of homes fit for 21st century living. We have submitted our proposals for new properties in Burns Road, the next step in that journey.”

The demolition of Elliot House is underway and should be completed by the end of this month. The demolition of the 55-metre-high Stuart House is due to start the week beginning April 8. The site is expected to be cleared by September. If its proposals are approved by North Lanarkshire Council, Sanctuary hopes to begin building new homes at Burns Road next February.

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