1980s-90s: James Nisbet Housing Co-operative
During October 1988 James Nisbet Housing Co-operative was registered with the Housing Corporation in Scotland (who then became known as Scottish Homes). On 1 April 1989, the Co-operative took ownership of 264 tenemental properties from Glasgow City Council. Of these, 38 properties were demolished and the remaining 226 comprehensively refurbished during the period 1989-1996. The Co-operative then undertook it’s first New Build project in partnership with a private developer in 1996. This resulted in 40 properties for the Co-op to rent, a mixture of 2, 3, 4 and 5 apt homes including cottage flats, terraced and semi detached houses. These houses were the first of their kind in the Royston area and remain the envy of many.
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1990s: Garngad Housing Association and the merger
At the same time Garngad Housing Association were busy improving the properties that they had bought from Glasgow City Council in 1991. Garngad and James Nisbet Housing Associations combined forces to form Spire View and Royston’s regeneration leapt forward with the demolition of nearly 300 inter-war tenement flats. In their place, Spire View Housing Association built a range of properties that changed the face of Royston forever.