Kelvin Properties hails ’signal of intent’ as Andrew Duncan joins from CALA Homes

Glasgow urban developer Kelvin Properties has laid the foundations for the next phase of its ambitious growth plans with the appointment of a high-profile director.

Andrew Duncan has been appointed land director, leaving the same role at CALA Homes where he cemented his reputation within the industry by delivering urban projects including the 101-flat Mansionhouse Road development in Shawlands, and the 203 unit Pacific Quay site by the River Clyde.

The appointment is central to Kelvin Properties founder Stephen McKechnie’s ambitious plans to cement the firm’s reputation as one of Scotland’s leading quality residential developers.

Mr McKechnie, managing director at Kelvin Properties, said: “Andrew brings a wealth of experience to Kelvin Properties and will play a key role in the next exciting chapter for the business.

“To attract a director with his talent, ability and proven track shows how far Kelvin Properties has come over the past 20 years. I am delighted he shares our vision for placing the firm at the forefront of upmarket urban development in Scotland.

“In the modern marketplace, it is vital to be in a position to act on potential development sites quickly, and the addition of Andrew strengthens our ability to do just that in a number of areas.

“As an agile and forward-thinking developer, we are able to provide clear points of contact and more direct lines of communication, meaning necessary changes can be made faster which provides more scope for the communities we work within to have genuine influence.”

Mr Duncan, who is responsible for all the firm’s land and planning activity in his new role, said: “It is a privilege to join such an exciting and ambitious business, and I look forward to making a real impact on future projects across Scotland.

“Kelvin Properties is an ambitious and entrepreneurial business that is well financed with lots of experience and a great track record.

“I am delighted to add my own experience to that mix and can’t wait to get started in this next chapter for myself and the business. I share Stephen’s ambitious vision for growing the business to become a major player within Scotland’s urban areas.”

West End-based Kelvin Properties has a proven track record of delivering major projects across the city and its surrounding areas, including the multi-million-pound transformation of the former Broomhill Public School into a 68-apartment development at The Atrium.

The firm is also responsible for two of Glasgow’s recent build-to-rent developments including the 36-apartment development at Candleriggs Court in the Merchant City, and the 20-unit development Mitchell Apartments at Finnieston.

Glasgow’s council pledges £10.5m for hydrogen-powered bin lorries

GLASGOW is set to have the largest fleet of hydrogen-powered bin lorries in the world after councillors agreed a £10.5 million funding package.

The council will buy 19 hydrogen refuse collection vehicles, using £7m from a climate emergency fund.

It is part of plans to push forward the council’s ambition for a fleet of zero-emission vehicles.

Two electric minibuses will be purchased with £420,000 from SP Energy Networks.

And Transport Scotland has provided £200,000 for batteries, which will capture power generated by solar panels set to be installed on Duke Street car park. It has also supplied £290,000 for charging points.

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More than £2.5m of Smart Cities Scotland funding will be used on smart technology, to support the management of the fleet, including fuel and waste systems.

It is hoped the council’s commitment to hydrogen will encourage other fleet operators to reduce carbon emissions.

Over 100 new electric cars have already been delivered to the council and work is underway to convert 20 smaller lorries to dual fuel hydrogen.

George Gillespie, an executive director at the council, said decarbonising the council’s fleet was “vital” to plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“We have taken tremendous strides with the implementation of our zero-emissions fleet strategy,” he added.

“Glasgow is now very much at the forefront of changes that aim to remove carbon from our transport system.

“We can see the market responding to the lead the council is taking and it was always our aim to use the council’s size and status to build confidence that wider change is possible.”

He continued: “Committing to using hydrogen for our heavier vehicles was always a big breakthrough in our approach to decarbonising our fleet.

“I am particularly pleased that such significant investment is being made in modernising our cleansing service with the purchase of 19 hydrogen-powered refuse vehicles.

“The technology we are introducing into our vehicles will also help make our services as effective and efficient as possible and will ensure we are best placed to meet the challenges of the climate emergency.”

10-bedroom west end property with bathtub in every room now on the market for £1.15m

The Alamo is a currently a stunning guest house – but if you happen to have plenty of cash to spare, it could be a spectacular family home.

One of Glasgow’s most spectacular properties has now officially got an asking price…but it’s still just the tiniest bit outside our budget.

Plenty of you are already familiar with the the 10-bedroom property, currently known as The Alamo guest house perched on the edge of Kelvingrove Park and trendy Finnieston.

But now, the opportunity has arisen to be the proud owner of the incredible property – with a standalone bathtub in every single one of its 10 bedrooms.

Of course you could always keep it as guest house…but it’s hard not to indulge those king-in-the-castle fantasies.

One of Glasgow’s most spectacular properties has now officially got an asking price…but it’s still just the tiniest bit outside our budget.

Plenty of you are already familiar with the the 10-bedroom property, currently known as The Alamo guest house perched on the edge of Kelvingrove Park and trendy Finnieston.

But now, the opportunity has arisen to be the proud owner of the incredible property – with a standalone bathtub in every single one of its 10 bedrooms.

Of course you could always keep it as guest house…but it’s hard not to indulge those king-in-the-castle fantasies.

A car graveyard with old Lada found in Scotland. There is almost no rust on them

A half-abandoned dump of old cars, among which there were several copies of the Russian car industry – “Niva” and “Samara” in a semi-disassembled form – was found on the outskirts of the Scottish town of Glasgow

As we found out, the old cars belong to the local auto dismantling yard. The Lada found at the test site were right-hand drive. And one of them – “Samara” – and at all from the limited version of the Sedona with a golden body.

AVTOVAZ began supplying its cars to Scotland and Great Britain in 1974. In the 1980s, Soviet cars were very popular there – every year local residents bought tens of thousands of Lada cars.

However, already in the early 1990s, the demand for Russian-made cars began to decline. And by 1997 it was decided to stop exporting.

При этом до сих пор в Шотландии и Великобритании можно встретить довольно много российских автомобилей. Причем многие из них – в отличном состоянии.

Deserted Farms and Food Dumps: Will Coronavirus Cause a Food Crisis?

The economic crisis of 2007-2008 caused a rise in food prices and, at the same time, deepened the negative consequences for the agricultural sector. The coronavirus crisis has been compared to that of that time. But WTO experts note that now the market has experienced the influence of new factors – social distancing and closed borders.

Hromadske explains how the coming crisis threatens the food sector, in which countries the consequences are already felt, and whether empty shelves should be feared.

How many products are thrown away due to lack of orders

Customers of agricultural products are not only shops and supermarkets, but also hotels, restaurants, cafes, educational institutions, which are now closed in many countries due to quarantine. Therefore, some of the products that now have no one to buy, manufacturers simply have to throw away.

In the United States, 10 to 14 million liters of milk are poured every day – this is 7% of the total industry. Dairy farms cannot stop production because cows provide milk every day. At the same time, 2020 was supposed to be a year of growth for the American dairy industry – for the first time in 4 years, product prices began to rise.

In Idaho, farmers were forced to dig ditches to “bury” about 500 thousand kilograms of onions. Other states do the same with beans, lettuce and cabbage. Suppliers are forced to crush hundreds of thousands of eggs. Some farmers donate food to charity, but the reception centers do not have enough refrigerators to accept that amount of food.

In India, the beginning of quarantine – March 25 – fell on the economic season: fruits and vegetables ripened, wheat ripened. The country is the world’s second largest supplier of fruits and vegetables and the world’s largest exporter of cereals. At the same time, almost half of the population is involved in agriculture. Markets in the country were not closed, but food is still bought in much smaller quantities.

The banana market also suffered – the unpicked fruits were left to rot, because there are no buyers or transportation routes. And in the province of Satara, cows are fed strawberries or salad – foods that tourists usually buy.

At the same time, the country expects an increase in the harvest by 2.4% this year compared to the previous year. Stocks of wheat and rice are three times higher than what the country needs for its own use – there are now more than 77 tons of grain in storage. Therefore, it will be enough for export. And although at first prices fell, in the future, experts predict their growth and fall in sales by 10-12%. Therefore, this season, due to the lockdown, India will experience a crisis of spices, wheat, melons, bananas and some vegetables – due to a lack of buyers, disruption of transport routes and a lack of workers, products are simply left on the field.