PLANS for the transformation of a tower block housing scheme into a new desirable community with hundreds of new homes and facilities will be on show this week.

The next stage of the £220m Sighthill regeneration project, over the next five years, will be the largest transformation project in the city.

The plans include almost 800 new homes, student accommodation, education, transport and leisure facilities.

Residents and people living or working nearby can see the plans and meet those working on the project tomorrow at an event in the KATS Centre in the area.

There will also be the opportunity to speak to members of Pidgin Perfect, a design studio who will develop the Sighthill mobile space project for local people as the plans progress.

The work was first proposed as part of the city’s bid for the 2018 Youth Olympics where Sighthill would have been the focus of the Games and the site of the athletes’ village.

The commitment from the council was the work would go ahead regardless of the bid’s success so when the bid failed the work is able to start earlier than would have been the case.

The overall regeneration plans include 141 units of social rented housing for GHA and approximately 650 new homes for sale and alternate tenures.

Student accommodation for 500 people and a new community campus school with sport provision will also be built on the 50 hectare site.

Transport infrastructure includes a new footbridge over the M8 connecting to the city centre and a new road bridge connecting to the north and west of the city.

New allotments and a public square will be created and parkland and the local environment will be improved too.

Last month the Evening Times reported on the completion of the first phase of the transformation with the first tenants moved into their new low rise homes which have replaced the tower blocks which dominated the area for decades.

Councillor George Redmond, Chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said: “This week’s event will give an update on the latest news from the regeneration of Sighthill and how to participate in and develop a fantastic community project.

“This work will deliver a transformed Sighthill, an attractive area with new housing and facilities, including a community campus – all set in more and improved greenspace and with better connections to the surrounding areas.”

The event takes place between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday, February 3 at the KATS Centre in Sighthill.