A HOMELESS couple believes they have found their "forever home" in Yoker's new £21 million development.

Social housing service Sanctuary Scotland handed over the final set of keys at its new 128-home Anchor Court apartments on the site of a disused former Scottish Power depot at Hawick Street.

The new homes - ranging from high-quality one, two and three-bedroom flats - include 56 for social rent, 36 for mid-market rent and 36 that have been purchased by first-time buyers under the Scottish Government’s shared equity scheme.

Residents Mr & Mrs Murphy, who moved in last year, revealed they are loving their new life at the development.

They said: “We were offered a property as we were homeless and have health issues. We moved in December last year and we love it here. Our property is perfect for our needs and is our forever home."

Sustainability has been at the forefront of the development, with electrical vehicle charging points on site, solar panels providing lighting and electricity in communal areas, and ample cycle storage to encourage sustainable travel.

The design of the complex was conducted by Glasgow-based MAST Architects and built by award-winning contractor CCG, with Sanctuary working closely with both to ensure a high-quality addition to the Yoker landscape and a spacious, neighbourhood feel for residents.

Glasgow City Council supported the scheme with a grant of £10m.

Councillor Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council convenor for housing, development, built heritage and land use, commented on visiting the new development in Yoker.

Clydebank Post: Sanctuary and Glasgow City Council staff touring the development in YokerSanctuary and Glasgow City Council staff touring the development in Yoker (Image: Supplied)

He said: “This fantastic new affordable housing development from Sanctuary Scotland in Yoker will help provide the housing we need in the city and will contribute to our ambitious housing targets.

"Glasgow City Council is delighted to have supported this development, working closely with all our partners.”

The development has already received wider recognition, being shortlisted in the Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year category of the 2023 Scottish Home Awards.

Gillian Lavety, Sanctuary’s development director for Scotland, said: “We’re committed to providing high-quality, affordable homes for local people, and it’s been a real privilege to see this fantastic development take shape and help us deliver on that commitment.”