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Comps insider: Race for £250m Glasgow estate renewal begins

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Architects with experience of large-scale urban renewal in Scotland have an opportunity to work on one of the UK’s largest residential regenerations

Glasgow City Council (GCC) is seeking a development partner to take forward its £250 million transformation of Sighthill.

Planned to complete in 2019, the project will replace the high-rise housing estate with 800 new homes.

A new school, public square, footbridge over the M8, commercial space and accommodation for 500 students will also be delivered on the 20-hectare site.

Designed by Crudens and the GCC architect, the estate featured 2,500 apartments in 10, 20-storey towers and low-rise blocks when it opened in 1969.

Sighthill was previously earmarked as the location for an athletes’ village as part of Glasgow’s failed bid to host the 2018 Olympics.

A number of high-rise blocks have already been demolished and Collective Architecture completed a £12.5 million scheme to deliver 141 units for Glasgow Housing Association on the site last summer.

An astrologically-aligned stone circle (pictured) – devised by author Duncan Lunan in 1979 – is being relocated as part of the latest project.

Interested consortia have until 12 noon on 6 June to submit applications for the regeneration which has been drawn up by GCC’s in-house team and LDA Design.

Meanwhile Middlesbrough Borough Council and Erimus Housing are seeking a development partner for the £50 million renewal of Grove Hill estate.

Constructed in the 1920s, the affordable housing development fell into decline following the collapse of heavy industry in the city thirty years ago and now suffers from low housing demand and high levels of unemployment. Former famous residents include Brian Clough who grew up on the estate.

Large areas of 12 hectare site were cleared ahead of an earlier £155 million regeneration scheme which stalled in 2009 amid the global economic crisis.

Interested parties have until 12noon on 31 May to submit applications for the project which is divided into six plots and includes the potential for a 2,500 m² retail unit.

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