Eastern promise as £3.3m refurb for 48 homes gets under way

16th February 2023

Procast are about to embark on a massive project to upgrade 48 social housing properties.

The year-long contract will affect homes in Overtown Street and Law Street in Camlachie, in the east end of Glasgow.

The properties are the responsibility of social landlords West of Scotland Housing Association, who manage 4200 homes for many thousands of tenants.

With a budget of £3,300,000, the project will involve internal and external repairs and alteration works to the properties at 6 to 30 Overtown Street and at 41 to 53 Law Street.

Specifically, the works will include:

  • Demolition of existing bay windows – rebuild with Juliette balconies and Cedral cladding installed
  • Rendering repair works
  • Redecoration of external surfaces
  • New rainwater goods
  • New external doors and windows
  • New steel communal close entrance doors
  • Internal masonry repair/rebuild works
  • Insulation to walls, floors and roof space
  • New kitchens and bathrooms,
  • New joinery finishes, including internal doors and skirtings
  • New gas central heating systems
  • New mechanical and electrical installations
  • New door entry system
  • Full internal decoration works

The buildings are situated on a busy residential street, and with a large volume of external façade demolition and rebuilding works scheduled as part of the programme, rigorous procedures and processes relating to traffic management, control of dust, security and housekeeping will have be addressed by the project management team.

Procast have also made a commitment to WoSHA that all tenants who are rehomed during the construction period will regain access to their properties on time.

The project is similar in nature to those completed at Green Street, Calton, for Thenue Housing Association and Gadshill Street, Royston, for Copperworks Housing Association.

It will be headed up by Contracts Manager Gary Baxter and Project Manager David McBlain and led commercially led by Commercial Manager John Patrick, assisted by Johnathon Quinn, Quantity Surveyor.

A Procast spokesman said: “This will be our first project working with West of West of Scotland Housing and their consultants, Robert Potter & Partners LLP, G3 Consulting Engineers and ADA Construction Consultants Ltd, so it is a challenge we are really looking forward to and one where we will rely on our vast experience of residential refurbishment works.

“This tender opportunity was scored on a basis of 70 per cent for quality against 30 per cent budget.

“Our award is a real testament to our experience in successfully demonstrating our understanding of this project and of our experience of successfully delivering similar contracts.”

WoSHA was founded in 1965 and it strives to provide more than just a roof over tenants’ heads.

Its charitable subsidiary Willowcare Trust works to tackle social disadvantage and is committed to the delivery of projects and services which offer additional support and opportunities to WSHA tenants, including:

  • Community centres, multi-use games areas and urban green spaces
  • Community events
  • Starter packs, food parcels and fuel top-ups
  • Older people’s services
  • Money and energy advice
  • A handyperson service
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