Bield housing development shortlisted in Scottish Home Awards

St Andrew’s View exteriorA new housing development in Bearsden is in the running for a top industry award before it has even opened.

St Andrew’s View is a prestigious collection of 20 one and two-bed modern apartments, located on the site of the former St Andrew’s College in Bearsden.

The properties are designed to specifically meet the needs of older people and have been built to an uncompromising standard for retirement housing provider Bield.

However, although the first properties are not expected to be occupied until June, the project has been shortlisted in the Senior Living Development of the Year category of the Scottish Home Awards.

The awards were founded in 2007 to recognise excellence in the Scottish housebuilding industry. It is an independent awards programme, run for the benefit of the housebuilding community, with the objective of helping house builders and housing associations sell, rent or promote their properties more effectively.

Susan Jackson, sales and marketing manager at Bield, said: “It says something about the quality of the build and the concept behind St Andrew’s View that we are shortlisted in this category before the development has welcomed its first buyer.

“We wanted to build a development tailored for older people that is indistinguishable from any other new build property on the market.

“Older people, particularly those looking to ‘right size’, are becoming increasingly discerning and demanding.

“St Andrew’s View offers a different approach – and more. It will offer the older buyer the chance to enjoy an exciting and liberating phase of their life while continuing to enjoy the freedom of independent living – with the option of the right help when you need it.”

As well as offering unprecedented high standards, St Andrew’s View apartments are available on a highly affordable shared ownership basis – an increasingly appealing purchase arrangement. Shared ownership offers the option to purchase a 75 per cent share of the property with the remaining share being held by Bield. Buyers will have the option to purchase the remaining 25 per cent in increments following a one-year qualifying period.

Thirteen of the 20 properties are already reserved and interest is intensifying in the remaining properties, particularly from the local Bearsden area. Two ‘View Homes’ are expected to go on show in mid June, providing examples of how the apartments can be designed and furnished.

Bield, which is also nominated in the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year category for its Glenfinnan Gardens project in Dumbarton, won the Senior Living Development award for its Mamore Street site in Glasgow in 2013. The awards will be announced on June 18.



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