North Lanarkshire

A central district of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire, Carbrain occupies a sloping site immediately to the southeast of the town centre. The residential area lies between North Carbrain Road and South Carbrain Road, with Carbrain Industrial Estate to the south. Facilities include two primary schools, four churches and a few shops. A third primary school (Langlands) opened in 1967, but was closed in 1999 and was demolished. Developed by the Cumbernauld Development Corporation from 1961 through until the early 1970s, the area comprises public housing constructed in a range of styles. The north of Carbrain comprises two-storey flat-roofed homes arranged in rows with narrow lanes between. These characterised by back-to-back garages with their long axis arranged parallel to the rows. To the south are two-storey terraces with pitched roofs and garages beneath, three-storey terraces with pitched or flat roofs and gardens (provided for larger families), together with 5-7 storey blocks of flats. Houses often had two doors; one that provided access from a car, with another which gave access to the network of footpaths laid out across the area. Some of the worst housing has been demolished and renewed.

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