Tower plans are up for top prize
Demolition project is on the shortlist
North Lanarkshire’s plan to demolish highrises really is a towering achievement – after the project was shortlisted for a top award.
The project is up for a prestigious gong from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
All 48 high-rise tower blocks in North Lanarkshire are set to be demolished over the next 20 years following a consultation process.
North Lanarkshire Council said that by consulting with the initial 1600 homes identified in the first phase of demolition, they received vital, informed views before approval was granted.
“The residents we deliver our services to, are at the heart of everything we do,” said Stephen Llewellyn, head of the local authority’s Housing Solutions.
“While it’s always great news being recognised at a national level for good practice, it’s even more satisfying knowing residents and tenants are receiving first-class services.
“We’ll continue to strive to reach the highest standards possible and I want to take this opportunity to recognise staff working in these areas for their continued hard work and dedication to bring improvements to the people and communities of North Lanarkshire.”
The Motherwell flats identified in the first phase are Allan/coursington and Draffen Towers.
These plans form part of council’s strategy to provide better homes, regenerate town centres and create jobs, while investing around half- a-billion pounds across North Lanarkshire.
In the meantime, the council will continue to carry out the investment necessary so that towers across the area remain safe, secure and attractive places to live.
Most towers in North Lanarkshire were constructed between 1965 and 1973. There are just over 4000 properties within 48 multi-storeys, with 57 per cent of the tower stock situated in Motherwell.
Meanwhile, the council’s Anti-social Response Service and the Designing for Health project are also shortlisted at the same awards.
Key changes to the Antisocial Response Service – including introducing a central telephone reporting service, operating 24-hours-a-day with online reporting options for consistency of advice, dedicated investigation teams, and schools education programmes to help break the cycle of anti-social behaviour – have improved its performance.
And the Designing for Health project uses dementia design principles to improve new council housing and the suitability of the existing stock to better meet the needs of people with dementia.
It was co-produced with partners in health and social care, sheltered housing tenants, third and independent sectors, and saw a positive impact for current and future older people, according to the council.
Achievements include ‘future proofing’ older people’s housing, improving the accessibility of new supply housing and reducing the need for adaptations through thoughtful consideration to design.