ACHA receives Secure by Design award for Helensburgh new build

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has received a Secure by Design Award by Police Scotland for its new build development at Castle Wood Court in Helensburgh.

The new build comprises 32 units at a construction value of just under £5 million. Funding has come from the Scottish Government, ACHA and Argyll and Bute Council.

ACHA receives Secure by Design award for Helensburgh new build

ACHA’s chairman Jim Milne MBE and Brendan O’Hara MP receive the Secure by Design Gold award from Inspector Roddy MacNeill of Police Scotland accompanied by ACHA Board members, Councillor Shonny Paterson, Danny Kelly and Douglas Prophet

The Association received a Gold Award in recognition of the level of physical security, development layout and design to reduce the opportunity for crime and anti-social behaviour.

At a recent visit to the development, Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said: “The standard of housing being developed around Argyll and Bute never ceases to amaze me and Castle Wood Court didn’t disappoint; this part of Helensburgh has been transformed beyond recognition. This is a great example of partnership working between ACHA, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council and I hope to see more of it in the future.”

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, added: “We are delighted to receive this award from Police Scotland. Our tenants regularly highlight the importance of security in their homes, and I am really pleased with the design of this new build development, and its incorporation of anti-crime measures.”

The housing mix at the development ranges from 3 and 4 bedroom houses to 1 and 2 bedroom flats, with five of the properties designed for tenants with special needs.

The development was built by local builders Calum Williamson Limited and designed by Helensburgh-based architect Lawrence Hill.

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