community housing Archives - Urban Union Ltd

What does community housing mean?

Community has various meanings across different sectors, however when it comes to Urban Union housing, we consider it to be the sense of togetherness we bring to new residents within our developments and the existing local community which defines it.

It’s a founding part of our company ethos and determines the way in which each of our projects are carried out.


Group activities and involvement with housing development

Investing in our local neighbourhoods

As well as providing affordable homes for first time buyers, couples and families, our team organise regular charity activities and events within the areas in which our developments are based.

From our contribution to community arts within Pennywell, to our investment with Invisible Cities to train those who have previously experienced homelessness to provide walking tours within the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It is our intention to ensure our homeowners feel a sense of commitment to the regeneration of the area from ourselves and that we are present within each of our locations.


customer service to assist

Making sure our team are readily available to residents

And all of this doesn’t stop once we have completed our housing developments, we have recently launched a new mobile app for our customers which provides a real time messaging assistant, as well as creating a hub for all important home-related documents to be stored and searchable in one place.

We are committed to making sure we are readily available to provide support as and when it is required.

And, all of this has not gone unnoticed, with Urban Union having recently been nominated as a finalist in the 2023 Scottish Property Awards for work carried out within Laurieston Living.


new affordable apartments built within the Laurieston, Gorbals area of Glasgow

Browse our new homes and join the community

Interested in joining one of our communities? We currently have one and two bedroom apartments, as well as townhouses (Pollokshaws only), within our Pennywell Living and Pollokshaws Living developments.

We also have our new three and four bedroom townhouse options, some with roof terrace options, launching Saturday 28th January 2023 within Phase 3 of our Laurieston Living site.

Make sure to register your interest online and a member of our sales team will soon be in touch to provide you with more details.

Urban Union Appoints Stefan Oliver to Lead Community Benefits Programme

Urban Union specialise in regenerating urban areas to deliver high quality, affordable new homes whilst revitalising communities.

Currently building at Pollokshaws, Hamiltonhill and Laurieston in Glasgow and Pennywell in Edinburgh, Urban Union have strengthened their links to local communities through projects such as supporting the Citizen’s Theatre, involving local Edinburgh school children in tree planting at Pennywell Nature Garden and hosting the Living Legends arts project at their new events and exhibition space at 166 Gorbals Street.


Community walking tours within Gorbals, Glasgow, supported by Urban Union


Stephan Oliver joins Urban Union in the role of Community Impact Advisor to realise the ambition to always be part of the community in which they work.

Stefan holds an HNC in Construction Management, civil engineering and horticulture and possesses a range of key analytical and critical thinking skills as well as a being a strong project manager –  all attributes that align to Urban Union’s ongoing community engagement plans.


Stefan Oliver, community advisor at urban union in Glasgow and Edinburgh


Stefan commented: by focussing on building communities alongside our developments, we help create environments where whole families can grow and thrive which we know can make a real difference to their everyday lives. I’m looking forward to developing new programmes across our sites through a range of community benefits projects.

For me working at Urban union will give me a platform to make meaningful impacts within the communities we are building or regenerating. Urban Union’s commitment to improving social value in all stages of construction is key but particularly the aim to leave a positive legacy when we have completed our projects. My aim is to ensure that we continue to be a leader in what we do.


Managing Director of Urban Union, Neil McKay


Neil McKay, Managing Director of Urban Union added: community engagement is at the heart of Urban Union’s plans. Having successfully delivered hundreds of homes across Scotland, we are putting our award-winning experience to good use as we support ongoing regeneration through our commitment to support local communities and enhance the lives of everyone who lives in or uses a Urban Union development.


Apprenticeship opportunities for the local community, provided by Urban Union


In addition to supporting local projects and good causes, Urban Union run a young apprenticeship programme which links to local schools and colleges across all their Projects. From this programme various jobs are created during the construction phase of each project, with Urban Union committed to providing employment opportunities for local people.