The former Dalmarnock Power Station site on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow is set to sprout hundreds of new homes after being sold to a housing association for £5.7 million.
Clyde Gateway has sold the 22-acre (8.9-hectare) Dalmarnock Riverside site to Link Group, allowing what has been a vacant and derelict area to be used for the first time in nearly 40 years. Glasgow City Council provided the funding for Link’s acquisition.
Link is now expected to proceed with a £65 million six-year investment programme that will see the construction of 550 new homes on the site. There will be a diverse range of sizes and tenures available, including social rented, shared equity, and family homes for sale.
“This deal exemplifies what Clyde Gateway is all about,” said Lord Smith of Kelvin, Clyde Gateway’s chair. “Having initially purchased the site and followed it up with a £3 million investment in decontamination and infrastructure improvements beneath the surface, we have now found a very capable and willing development partner who will deliver the types and quality of housing that the community here requires.”
“These 550 homes will complement the nearby Athletes’ Village perfectly.” What we are witnessing and experiencing in this area is a truly world-class transformation, with projects such as Dalmarnock railway station – which recently underwent a £11 million refurbishment – the community-owned Legacy Hub, the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Police Scotland building, and the soon-to-be-built nursery and primary schools making an incredible difference and fulfilling the legacy promises made when Glasgow first bid for the Commonwealth Games.
“We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to enable us to lead on the Dalmarnock Riverside development,” said Roy Stirrat, chair of Link Group Limited. This regeneration project will provide high-quality, multi-tenure housing options for Glasgow’s East End.
“Link’s design philosophy embodies Clyde Gateway’s masterplanning goals of high quality buildings and open space, resulting in a vibrant, cohesive, and sustainable community.” Working with our partners and stakeholders, Link intends to develop the site to provide a variety of community benefits, including up to 76 new jobs in the Clyde Gateway area, which will leave a lasting legacy for the Dalmarnock area and its residents.”
Link has been involved in this area for many years, having delivered some of the first built properties for shared ownership in Scotland in Bridgeton in 1980 and more recently supporting the provision of new social housing in Oatlands while assisting the Oatlands Development Trust in its formation.
“Dalmarnock Riverside is the most recent example of Glasgow’s remarkable regeneration.” “The exciting proposals for this development will mean 550 high-quality homes for sale, social rent, and shared equity, and I am confident that this will complement all that has already been achieved in the area over the past few years, a period that has seen a stunning renaissance in Dalmarnock,” said Glasgow City Council leader Councillor Gordon Matheson.
For decades, Dalmarnock Power Station was a landmark structure, with its chimney dominating the East End skyline. It was built in 1915 and expanded twice, in 1921 and 1935, to meet the city’s ever-increasing demand for power. It was such an important part of the city and national economies that it was bombed by enemy planes during WWII. The power station was only slightly damaged, but bombs landed on nearby tenements, killing civilians.
It closed in 1977 and was demolished in 1980, but the structure was so strong that it took three attempts to bring the chimney down in a controlled explosion. After that, the site sat vacant and derelict, frequently being used for illegal dumping and fly tipping before being purchased by Clyde Gateway in 2010.
Clyde Gateway carried out a 12-month remediation programme in 2011/12 to remove thousands of tonnes of concrete and steelwork that had been left behind below the surface when the initial demolition took place – as well as clearance of Japanese Knotweed and the installation of a new sustainable drainage system to support regeneration efforts across the wider Dalmarnock area.
Link will construct the site in phases, with the first phase beginning in 2016 and the overall completion date set for 2021/22.