The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for excellence in housing were announced at a special awards dinner at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
A total of thirteen award category winners were announced alongside a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Mary Taylor in recognition of her services to Scotland’s housing sector.
Ardenglen Housing Association was named Housing Team of the Year for their work on “Standing up for Safe Communities – Dealing with Extreme Violence”. East Ayrshire Council won Campaign of the Year for their “Clean, Green and Vibrant Communities” campaign.
South Lanarkshire Council won the Excellence in Regeneration Award for Fernhill, Rutherglen, while the Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing Award went to Lovell and Places for People for Harvesters Way in Wester Hailes. Berwickshire Housing Association was presented with the Margaret Blackwood Award for Excellence in Housing Innovation for its work with Community Energy Scotland on the ‘Fisherman Three’ Community Wind Farm.
The Excellence in Scrutiny Award went to Trust Housing Association, while Maryhill Housing Association scooped the Excellence in Skills Development Award and River Clyde Homes were named winners of the Excellence in Health and Wellbeing Award. Meanwhile, moo-let.com received the Excellence in the Private Rented Sector Award.
Individual awards also went to Michael Melton of Scottish Borders Housing Association, who was presented with the Bob Allan Young Achiever in Housing Excellence Award; to Lynn Reid of Elderpark Housing Association, who won the Margaret Vass Award for Excellence in Frontline Housing; and to Morgan Anderson of Kingdom Housing Association, who was named Apprentice of the Year. Jennifer Queripel of Clackmannanshire Council received the Excellence in Leadership Award.
Annie Mauger, executive director of CIH Scotland, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate such an impressive standard of excellence across so many varied categories of housing practice at this year’s CIH Scotland Excellence Awards – both in terms of the overall winners and also all those shortlisted for an award.
“As the home of professional standards in housing, CIH Scotland is committed to ensuring that the hard work and dedication of thousands of frontline housing professionals working right across Scotland are properly recognised and celebrated.
“These annual awards offer an ideal opportunity to do that while providing a great source of inspiration and pride for everyone working in housing in Scotland.”
The evening was hosted by Grant Stott with entertainment provided by former Scotland rugby union captain Al Kellock.