SAY "HALO" TO NEW-LOOK GLENAVON
MARYHILL’S skyline was transformed this week after three landmark tower blocks got a light touch.
Dramatic new “halo” lighting has been added to the roofs of multi storey flats at Glenavon Road in Maryhill as a multi million pound refurbishment nears completion.
The striking blue low energy LED lights now ring the top of the three blocks and can be seen for miles.
They were officially switched on by Luka MacPherson (12) who lives at Glenavon Road and who was chosen to perform the lighting up ceremony accompanied by mum Ann.
Luka said: “Switching on the lights was great fun. The buildings look great with their blue lights.”
The three 1960s tower blocks containing 360 homes were part of the stock transferred to Maryhill Housing Association from GHA in the successful 2011 stock transfer.
An ongoing programme of repairs and improvements was then launched - delivering on a promise made by the Association prior to the vote.
The Glenavon Residents Association has just marked its first anniversary, tree planting has enhanced the visual appeal of the estate at ground level and Maryhill Housing Association has created a new office in one tower block to be nearer the tenants it serves.
Residents also chose the external colour scheme of the buildings which is grey and white. It replaced outdated and unappealing orange coloured metal cladding which was installed in the 1980s.
Throughout the work the residents have been involved in its progress and consulted on many occasions.
There are new fire doors, emergency lighting on landings and stairwell, a new insulated roof system, refreshed internal paintwork, upgraded drying areas,professionally cleaned floors, and enhanced tv systemsfor residents in each block.
Willy Briody, Chief Executive of Maryhill Housing Association said after the lighting up: “Residents will undoubtedly agree that the flats are now better both on the outside and on the inside. The work we have done is expected to make the properties warmer and reduce energy use. In a time of rising fuel bills, this can only be good news.
“Maryhill Housing Association are proud to be associated with the Glenavon Residents Association, who in one year have achieved an incredible amount and have helped create a sense of community at Glenavon which was long overdue. We are proud to have played our part.
LIGHT FANTASTIC......LUKA WITH THE LIGHTS SWITCHED ON