New Hoover homes ready by Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The iconic Hoover fac­tory in Cam­bus­lang will be­come home to lo­cal fam­i­lies by Christ­mas.

Dawn Homes Ltd, the de­vel­oper be­hind the 91-house scheme, said the first eight homes will be built and house­hold­ers moved in by the end of the year.

The an­nounce­ment is a ma­jor leap for­ward for the site which re­quired sev­eral months of land works and de­con­tam­i­na­tion be­fore con­struc­tion of any prop­er­ties could be­gin.

Dawn Homes con­firmed last year that pock­ets of land at the site were con­tam­i­nated with heavy met­als and hy­dro­car­bon.

The un­even na­ture of the land also meant tonnes of earth needed to be moved and flat ar­eas cre­ated to al­low con­struc­tion to pro­ceed.

But Martin Egan, man­ag­ing de­vel­oper of Dawn Homes, this week told the Re­former: “There is a ma­jor struc­tural spinal road that runs through the de­vel­op­ment, that will be built by the end of Oc­to­ber. The re­me­di­a­tion works will also be fin­ished by Oc­to­ber this year.

“It is pretty much plat­formed and we are on tar­get for de­liv­er­ing the homes as planned.”

He added: “In the last four weeks we have brought on to the site eight tim­ber frames and are in the process of build­ing the first eight houses. We en­vis­age the first peo­ple mov­ing in be­fore Christ­mas.”

The spinal road which runs through the site di­vides the land into two parcels of land.

Dawn Homes is tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the land clos­est to the River Clyde, where a range of two, three and fourbed­room homes will be built.

Mr Egan said sales rates for the homes, known as Ca­mas Walk, was ex­cel­lent, adding it of­fered a pre­mium prod­uct in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

He said: “The houses in Cam­bus­lang, and our de­vel­op­ment at Croft­foot, is ad­ja­cent to the rail­way sta­tion and has fan­tas­tic trans­port links.

“Value for money is what we are try­ing to of­fer and the sales rates of both are fan­tas­tic.”

The se­cond par­cel of land, on the south west of the site, will be de­vel­oped by Keep­moat Prop­er­ties Ltd and con­tain 104 ter­raced and semide­tached homes with two and three bed­rooms.

Plans have been scaled back from an orig­i­nal proposal to build 300 homes on the site. A large area is be­ing used to store and move mounds of earth, needed to even out the land for con­struc­tion.

How­ever, it is an­tic­i­pated this land too will be de­vel­oped at a later date.

Glory days At its peak the Hoover fac­tory em­ployed thou­sands of peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

Con­sul­ta­tion Dawn of­fi­cials held a con­sul­ta­tion event in Cam­bus­lang last year

Work The Hoover site has been trans­formed

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