£19m Wester Hailes Affordable Housing Development scoops prestigious industry award

3rd, November

A £19 million housing development that has brought 183 much needed affordable homes to the City of Edinburgh has won the ‘Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing’ award at this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Excellence Awards.

The Places for People Scotland development was constructed by Lovell and has completely transformed a derelict site in Wester Hailes. The six-acre brownfield site was previously occupied by tower blocks which were demolished in the 1990s and neighbours the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre and the Harvesters Business Centre.

(L to R) Grant Stott (host), Stephen Profili (regional managing director, Lovell), Val Leslie (assistant development manager, Places for People), Councillor Gavin Barrie, Mike Campbell (managing director, Belvoir Lettings Edinburgh).

Just over a quarter of the new homes are for affordable rent, with the rest being for mid-market rent or shared equity sale. The judges praised Places for People Scotland and Lovell for the high level of engagement with the community throughout both the design and the build process and for regenerating a problem site that had blighted the local community. The development was also praised for its high-quality contemporary design and for changing perceptions of the area and enhancing people’s experience of living there.

On winning the award, Colin Rae, group development director from Places for People, commented: “Places for People is absolutely delighted with the success of this development, which is the final phase in the Harvesters Way regeneration programme that has brought 352 new affordable homes to the area. There has been tremendous demand for these properties and I hope that the new residents will be very happy in their new homes.”

Sarah Freel, regional partnerships director at Lovell, added: “We are thrilled this development has won such a prestigious industry award and for the positive impact it has had on the area. Lovell has 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.”

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 took place on Friday 27th October at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.