Work on flats to end this month

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Build­ing work is al­most fin­ished at the site of the old Cam­bus Court Ho­tel in cen­tral Cam­bus­lang.

New res­i­dents have al­ready moved into four of the flats built on the site and a fur­ther eight have been sold.

Six flats are be­ing held back for the market.

Hamil­ton- based devel­oper Ap­sis So­lu­tions told the Re­former they ex­pect all work to have been com­pleted by the end of this month.

Work on the Cen­tral Av­enue site started last sum­mer.

Shar­ron McCarthy, who has been over­see­ing the site, said she ap­pre­ci­ated it had been a dif­fi­cult time for res­i­dents liv­ing nearby: “We’re just go­ing through the fi­nal stages now.

“The neigh­bours have been great.

“They have had to live with this process for over a year and they are now want­ing to see what it’s like, and they all say it isn’t what they ex­pected. They seem pleas­antly sur­prised.

“One of the peo­ple who bought a flat even ob­jected to the orig­i­nal plan.

“Gen­er­ally, we have had a pos­i­tive re­sponse. We’ve tried to help as much as we could, stick­ing to guide­lines and re­stric­tions.

“We’re happy peo­ple can now start get­ting back to nor­mal­ity and it’s nice to see peo­ple ac­tu­ally liv­ing here.”

All 12 flats al­ready sold have been de­signed in­di­vid­u­ally for the needs of the new own­ers.

The com­ple­tion of the work will bring to an end a decade of un­cer­tainty about the site.

The Cam­bus Court Ho­tel was a grade B listed Vic­to­rian build­ing on Cen­tral Av­enue which stood for 142 years.

How­ever, it closed in 2006 af­ter it was sold by for­mer owner Joe De Fre­itas.

A fire ripped through the build­ing in 2011 and it had to be pulled down in June 2013.

A pre­vi­ous plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for 20 flats was re­jected over con­cerns it was too many and the site was sold to Ap­sis, whose re­vised plan was ac­cepted.

Flat out Fin­ish­ing touches

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