River Clyde Homes is a ‘not for profit’ affordable housing provider that owns and manages over 5,800 homes in Scotland.
A significant development completed on their behalf recently was the Barr St Gateway development of 41 homes in Port Glasgow. This was the organisation’s first town centre new build project. With property development partner, Culross and builder, Marshall Construction, the result is a perfect example of partnership working to transform a derelict site to deliver much needed new homes. The untidy, unused site sat adjacent to a former ropeworks building – which had already been subject to refurbishment to provide new homes. An architecturally significant building, it was important that the proposed development acted to compliment the building and its surrounding environment.
The 13 houses and 28 flats on the site are each built to the silver level of building regulations in respect of both carbon dioxide emissions and energy for space heating.
The area is popular with families but, as in every housing association, there is a huge range of tenants from young couples and families to older residents. In order to future proof the homes a scheme to modify the downstairs bathroom of the houses was conceived during the build. Each of the 13 houses was supplied with a Sanifloor shower pump from Saniflo to facilitate a downstairs shower which will be installed in the event of a tenant becoming immobile. Plumbed in adjacent to the basin the pump will discharge grey water waste from a shower thanks to small bore pipework that has been plumbed in under the floor and uses the mains drainage pipes in the adjacent utility room. Jim Tedford, Site Manager, sourced the pumping solution:
“Using the Sanifloor pumps saved us digging the floors back up to install new water pipes that may – or may not – be used in future to take water waste from a shower. It was a good idea to add the infrastructure in case tenants need a downstairs shower due to immobility issues and plumbing in the pumps was very straightforward and cost-effective.”