Location: c7 miles (c11.3km) south east of Glasgow and c4.5 miles (c7.2km) north of Hamilton
Local authority: North Lanarkshire Council
Postcode of nearby property: G72 7XE
Size: c61 hectares (c150 acres)
Site status: Complete
The site had been allocated by the local council, North Lanarkshire Council, for residential development but the technical problems posed by clearing and cleaning up the industrial site land did not make it attractive to the traditional home builders. On the site were massive concrete foundations laid to take the weight of the steel furnaces and steel milling equipment. The land was also contaminated with arsenic, lead, copper and zinc. The surrounding area was also a scene of dereliction: It comprised of a derelict nailworks, two collieries, an unlined landfill site and a coal briquette works. Banks Property worked closely with the local authority, North Lanarkshire Council, and all stakeholders to devise an inventive plan that saw the steelworks land fully cleared and restored and turned into greenbelt land, including Drumsagard Park, in just two years. Then the adjacent greenbelt land was re-designated as land for homes; Drumsagard Village. The project was essentially an innovative, but technically challenging, “greenfield to brownfield swap”.
The site was where Hallside Steelworks was located. The site contained pit heaps that fed the steel furnaces. The steelworks closed in 1979. The site stood redundant and unused from 1979 to 1994.
These include the creation of greenbelt land that contains 250,000 fast growing willow and alder trees. This wood is harvested every four to seven years and is either used to make chipboard or used in biomass generators to make electricity. This project is known as the Hallside Renewable Energy Park. This has created jobs and raw materials for furniture and electricity.
These include new homes for working families within easy commuting distance of Motherwell, Hamilton and, of course, Glasgow.
These include new greenbelt land created from the ashes of the old steelworks and associated slag heaps.
Hallside, one pager, March 2017