£19m Wester Hailes Affordable Housing Development shortlisted for industry award

£19m Wester Hailes Affordable Housing Development shortlisted for industry award

10 October 2017

A new £19 million housing development in Wester Hailes has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing’ category at this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Excellence Awards. 

The Places for People Scotland development constructed by Lovell comprises of 183 one, two and three bed homes. Just over a quarter are homes for affordable rent, with the rest for mid-market rent or shared equity sale.

Using high quality contemporary design, the new houses have completely transformed an area in south-west Edinburgh which had lain derelict for over 20 years. A combination of houses and apartment blocks set around attractive communal courtyards creates a strong sense of community and place where residents can meet and enjoy the outdoor space. Additionally, the development has a distinctive centralized heating system, which is not only more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but keeps heating costs down for residents.

Colin Rae, Group Development Director from Places for People said: “This was the final phase in the Harvesters Way regeneration programme which has brought 352 new affordable homes to this area.  It has completely changed a once neglected part of the city and has created much needed housing opportunities for the residents of Edinburgh. We are very pleased to be shortlisted for the Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing Award and have got our fingers crossed for next month!”

Commenting on the shortlist, Sarah Freel, Regional Partnerships Director at Lovell, said: “The partnership between Lovell and Places for People Scotland has delivered much needed affordable homes in Wester Hailes and we are delighted this development has been shortlisted for such a prestigious industry award. Adapted to take account of the nearby business centre and healthy living centre, the development is arranged in squares set around private landscaped courtyards and designed to be multi-functional with private car parking, communal gardens and areas for children to play.”

The CIH Scotland Excellence Awards celebrate the best of housing, the people and teams that go above and beyond in their approach to providing housing in Scotland’s communities. The Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 27th October at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

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The full shortlist can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/CIHExcellenceAwards

Photo: A selection of pictures of new development in Wester Hailes. Credit: Places for People Scotland.

Editor’s notes

About Places for People

Places for People is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK. The Group owns or manages over 182,725 homes, operates 116 leisure facilities and provides services to over 500,000 people.

Places for People is committed to creating successful places and enabling people to reach their potential. Places for People makes a long-term commitment to its communities and works to provide what they need to thrive – whether it is new schools, shops, leisure facilities, job opportunities, access to learning and training or specialist support services. As a not-for-dividend organisation, any financial surplus is reinvested back into its core business of creating and maintaining sustainable places.

About Lovell

Lovell is a leading provider of partnership housing. The company has expertise in housing-led regeneration including new-build, open market housing, refurbishment and planned maintenance. With offices in England, Scotland and Wales, Lovell provides a comprehensive range of services and can offer a full range of options for our clients. Lovell is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of c£2.6 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.

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