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Shettleston housing for older people scoops prestigious industry award

A new development of 29 amenity flats at Fernan Gardens in Shettleston, Glasgow, has been named Development of the Year (age exclusive) at the prestigious Scottish Home Awards.

Designed specifically for rent for the over 55-age group, the flats are arranged around a landscaped courtyard and benefit from a communal wifi system designed to combat digital exclusion as well as triple glazing, solar panels, and a state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system.

Lovell collected the award at the 2017 Scottish Home Awards ceremony, held yesterday evening (Thursday 15th June) in Glasgow. Constructed on behalf of Shettleston Housing Association and designed by architects Anderson Bell + Christie, the development’s amenity standard allows the homes to meet the changing demands of residents over time by being adapted to cope with any increase in needs, such as a requirement for wheelchair access.

The news follows hot on the heels of the recent Homes for Scotland Awards where our redevelopment of the former Broxburn Primary School, in partnership with West Lothian Council, was named Affordable Housing Development of the Year.

Commenting on the win, Sarah Freel, Regional Partnerships Director, said:

“Everyone at Lovell is absolutely thrilled that our new development in Shettleston, constructed in partnership with Shettleston Housing Association, has been named Development of the Year (age exclusive) at the 2017 Scottish Home Awards.

“We have been building affordable partnership homes for over 45 years and continues to have a strong pipeline of work throughout central Scotland, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to building high-quality and affordable homes tailored to the local community’s specific needs.”

Director of Shettleston Housing Association, Chris Cunningham, said:

“Shettleston Housing Association is delighted with the success of this development. As well as looking great and being highly energy-efficient, it has helped to foster a real sense of community amongst the residents. One of the project’s main successes, so far, has been the way it has created a place where neighbours interact and look out for one another. For this older client group this is a great benefit, at a time in their lives when people risk becoming more socially isolated. The communal wifi system has also been proving successful in connecting people to the world digitally.”

Founded in 2007 to recognise excellence in the Scottish house building industry, the Scottish Home Awards are an independent awards programme that promotes excellence in new build housing.