By Angela Clark
The heart of Renton will soon have a new beat to it. Gone are the empty derelict shops, soon to be replaced by a new housing associaiton HQ which will improve opportunities and services for local people.
A ceremonial sod cutting marked the start of construction on Cordale Housing Association’s new office.
Members of the local community, including pupils from St Martin’s Primary and Renton Primary, attended along with the Association’s staff and committee members and representatives from Grants Architects and Clark Contracts who will work on the new build.
Speaking at the event Margaret McCallion, Chair of Cordale Housing Association, said: “I’ve lived in this village all of my life; I take enormous pride in the fact that Cordale’s new office will regenerate and renew a key part of Renton.
“What we are accomplishing today demonstrates how Cordale Housing Association can be more than a landlord.
“A few years ago, the thought of building a new office would have been a fanciful dream.
“Developing the right partnerships can extend our reach and enable Cordale to deliver so much more for our community.
“Accordingly I would like to thank our partners, Caledonia Housing Association, for their help supporting us fulfil our vision of building a new Cordale office in the heart of Renton.”
She added that as Chair of Cordale Housing Association she wanted to create a legacy that ensured it had a bright and successful future.
Michael Scanlan, Director of Clark Contracts, said: “We are looking forward to working with Cordale and their design team to deliver this project for the local community.”
The two-storey building will be opening early in 2019.