Affordable homes scoop top industry awards

Two affordable housing developments delivered by the City of Edinburgh Council and partners have been honoured by the industry after scooping prestigious awards.

West Pilton Crescent, a modern, energy efficient social housing development in the north of the city, was declared winner in both of the Multiple Housing Development and Landscape in Housing categories of the 2015 Saltire Housing Design Awards.

And the Little Road scheme in Liberton has won the Scottish Home Awards’ Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery. This development provides 49 houses for those aged over 55 and was grant funded by the Council in partnership with Dunedin Canmore and the Merchant Company.

Just last month, the Council, in partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association, Scottish Futures Trust, Retties & Co and Cruden Group won the award for Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery at the Homes for Scotland Awards for the Sailmaker Apartments development at Salamander Place.  

Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “We’ve increased the number of affordable homes available in the city by around 1,500 in 2014/15 and partnerships with developers to build another 1,000 are under way.

“These are just some of several awards that the Council has won recently for housing-related projects, and it’s fantastic that the huge amount of effort that’s going in to providing affordable and quality homes is being recognised.

“Providing modern and efficient housing is the backbone to lifting families out of poverty, regenerating communities and giving children a good start in life, and our commitment to this will continue.”

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