Tower plans are up for top prize

De­mo­li­tion project is on the short­list

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Robert Mitchell

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.

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