The transformation of a former derelict pub site in Paisley, into 36 new-build flats, has been completed by building and construction firm, The JR Group.

The development at the town’s Amochrie Road, saw a major overhaul of the old Stanley Firs pub site, creating new housing for the town.

The keys to the new Foxbar development, which comprises three three-storey apartment blocks – each with 12 apartments ­– were handed over to partners Link Group.

The works included the construction of the 36 new flats, with two flats designed and built with wheelchair access in mind, including an enclosed garden patio area. The project also involved the provision of new roads, parking, public and private footpaths, fencing, drying facilities, hard and soft landscaping, and bike racks.

Managing Director of The JR Group, John Horne, was delighted to see the transformation of the development which had caused concern within the local community for many years, due to its state of disrepair, and becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

He said: “The JR Group is committed to bringing added value and benefits to the communities that we work in. As a Paisley-based business, we could see the negative impact the derelict pub had on the area, so we are delighted to have transformed the site into much needed, high-quality housing for Amochrie Road on behalf of our partners, Link Group.

“During the project, we worked with the local school, Glennifer High School, providing outdoor benches, and also worked with the Amochrie Glen Residents Committee to add further value to the community during our time on site.

“We are proud of the transformation here and look forward to seeing the new residents settling into their new homes.”

Colin Culross, Link Group Commercial Director, said: “Link is delighted to deliver another successful development in the Paisley area, working with our partners JR Group, Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government has allowed Link to deliver 36 energy efficient, affordable homes to people and families who need them.

The JR Group employs around 200 staff and was founded in Govan in 1995. It started as a scaffolding business and is now one of the largest building and construction firms in Scotland. The business operates throughout Scotland and Northern England working on behalf of a number of the UK’s leading housebuilders, registered social landlords and private clients.