History of The Association
When the Association started out in 1977 we operated in the Eastpark area of Maryhill, in Glasgow and was known as Eastpark Housing Association. A year later, on 4th December 1978, the first contract at 15 Leyden Street involving eight flats went on site. It is interesting to note that it was completed on 12th April 1979 at a contract value of £67,000.
Since that time the Association has moved into other areas, Garrioch, Ruchill, Burgh Hall and Village areas and so its name changed to the Maryhill Housing Association.
MAIN PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT
The Association has been involved in six main phases of development:
- The rehabilitation of tenement flats on or close to Maryhill Road.
- New build developments in gap sites.
- The stock transfer of a local authority estate, linked to a phased programme of decanting, demolition and rebuild.
- In 2003, declared the preferred LHO for Maryhill tenants as part of the GHA Stock Transfer process.
- Continuation of new build programme in the Maryhill area.
- Stock Transfer from GHA in 2011, which increased our properties from 851 to 2956 units.
EARLY NEW BUILD
In 1989 the Association completed its first new build of 56 units at Stratford Street, which was the result of an international architectural competition under the heading "A Tenement for the 21st Century". This development won the Saltire Award. As the invitation form to architects stated "The aim was to stimulate a serious re-examination of the issues and desirable qualities of this historic building form in the light of contemporary circumstances."
A Sheltered Housing development of 29 New Build units followed at Shiskine Place. This has a Warden and Relief Warden who are linked to the tenants by an alarm system. There is also a community room which is frequently used by the tenants for a number of social activities.
This was followed by a much smaller development at Fingal Street which involved the conversation of police housing to which an extension was added to the rear to provide 8 units, some of which, were let to people with learning difficulties under an agreement with (now) Glasgow City Council's Social Work Department.
Cottar Street / Cambell Street
In 1992 the Association completed a development at Bilsland Court, Ruchill. This involved converting cottage type property to the front with new build units to the rear to provide 29 in total. This development created a balanced housing mix for young and old and one unit has been let to the Enable Homes. H.R.H. Princess Anne officiated at the opening.
A 39 new build development providing a mix of family housing as well as housing for single homeless followed. A Support Worker was appointed under the Urban Programme to provide supervision at this and other locations involving 16 furnished lets.
The Association has also been involved in a number of improvements and shared ownership developments although our main focus continues to be housing for rent.
THE FIRST STOCK TRANSFER
In 1993 the Association had discussions with the tenants within the Barnes Road area of Ruchill (now Parkhill) on the future of their housing, together with Glasgow District Council and Scottish Homes. This led to a tenants ballot when the tenants decided by an overwhelming majority to transfer their property to the Association. This involved 367 existing units which through a process of demolition and new build transformed the area into just over 200 new build units with an element of shared ownership and self-build and working with the Private Sector, 71 units for sale. A large part of our approach to Parkhill was to see it as more than a "bricks and mortar" programme but a regeneration programme in it's widest sense, working with tenants to improve not just the quality of housing but the quality of life. We carried out one further new build in Ruchill in 2010; at Ruchill Street for 52 units, 9 of which were for Horizon Housing Association.
The Association was one of the first associations in the City to work with local tenants on a community self build project. This was part of our regeneration strategy for Parkhill. This produced 10 units involving local people who were given training skills in the construction industry to assist them to build their own homes which are to be for rent. The self-builders worked with the Association and have been involved in adapting the design of the project to suit their own needs for one, two or three bedroom houses. The self-builders formed themselves into a limited company called Ten Homes Housing Association. A site supervisor appointed by the Association supervised the building work.
MHA was chosen through a preference survey of local tenants to be the LHO for this area in 2003 and at that time covered approximately 2400 homes in Maryhill and Ruchill. A key impact was the involvement of GHA tenants who formed a sub-committee of the Association (Maryhill LHO) and who were responsible for delivering services on the ground working to a management agreement and schedule of delegated authority with the Association. After the transfer the LHO ceased to exist.
CONTINUATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN MARYHILL
With the completion of the Parkhill regeneration we turned our focus back to Maryhill, with developments at Campbell St, The Botany, Maryhill Primary School (conversion) and Maryhill canal locks.
In 2009 we completed a development at Campbell St, Cottar St, and Gilhill St in north Maryhill. This provided a mix of 49 houses and flats for GHA tenants being cleared from areas earmarked for demolition.
This was followed by 35 new homes in one of Maryhill’s historic locations, The Botany. Completed in 2010, it won a Saltire award in 2011 and was shortlisted for a Scottish Home Award.
Maryhill Primary School was refurbished as housing with 9 shared equity units and 25 new build units adjacent to it. Completed in 2011, this won Apartment of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards and Commendation-Social Housing Development of the Year at the Herald Property Awards 2012.
This was followed by our largest development to date at Maryhill canal locks. This was the second phase within the Glasgow transformation regeneration (TRA) area for Maryhill. Of the 8 TRAs in the city, Maryhill was the first to be approved. This development will see 125 new homes, all of which will be for rent apart from 19 shared equity units.
THE SECOND STOCK TRANSFER
The Association balloted GHA tenants in January and on a 39% turnout, 72.5% voted yes to transfer to the Association at the end of June 2011. After transfer the Association’s stock increased from 851 to 2956 units. The main challenge of the transfer was to integrate this stock, the tenants, the staff and the LHO committee (at that time) into a new operating environment but one which would continue the traditions of the Association in terms of its overall mission, objectives and values. That has required a different level of organisation, resources, planning and management. It brought with it a new order of issues in relation to arrears, anti-social behaviour and estate management. It required a different order of organisation to implement annual programmes of cyclical and planned maintenance. We are managing stock that we did not previously have experience of, particularly multi-storey flats and deck access properties. We are managing a concierge service for the MSFs.
In April 2013, 21 months after transfer, the Association has 85 staff who are working under one new structure, one team, one shared ambition to deliver successful services to tenants. The challenges have been significant and the Board and staff are rising to them.
THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
The Association celebrated 35 years of service in 2012. That is three and a half decades of meeting the needs of our tenants and delivering good housing for the people of Maryhill and Ruchill.
The Association is a Registered Social Landlord founded in 1977 and is an Industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. Its registration details are as follows;
Scottish Housing Regulator registration number 159
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator registration number SC032468
Financial Services Authority registration number 1904(R) S
Office of Fair Trading licence number 633844/1
Care Commission service number CS2004062501 and provider number SP2004006108
The Association is a charitable, community based organisation whose rules follow the SFHA Model Rules (Scotland) 2009.