Moray residents asked to name new Hanover development

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association is asking residents in and around Elgin to suggest the name of a new housing development for older people to ensure it reflects the history, culture and heritage of the local area.

The development of 44 homes is being delivered at the site of the old hospital at Spynie in Elgin and a competition has been launched for people in the local community to decide on its name. In addition to naming the development, the winner will also receive £50.

Moray residents asked to name new Hanover development

Richard Lochhead MSP (left) and Mike Martin (chair of Hanover Scotland) during a visit to the site last year

The new development will consist of 44 two-bedroom homes and will comprise:

  • 12 x 2 bed amenity flats
  • 2 x 2 bed amenity cottages
  • 25 x 2 extra care flats
  • 5 x 2 bed extra care wheel chair flats

The site is being developed in partnership with Health & Social Care Moray (the new Integrated Joint Board involving Moray Council and NHS Grampian), and the Scottish Government, and is being built by Robertson. The new homes are expected to open in September 2019.

The Spynie development’s opening comes in a special year for Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. Over the last 40 years, Hanover (Scotland) has been at the forefront of providing innovative care and housing to meet varying needs and supporting residents to experience full and active lives.

The naming competition will be judged by directors from Hanover (Scotland) and the manager for the site at Spynie. The judges are looking for names that:

  • Connect to the local area
  • Reflect on the history of the site or Elgin more generally
  • Link to local people and the community
  • Represent a warm welcome for residents
Moray residents asked to name new Hanover development

(from left) Iain Sutherland (bid director of Robertson Northern), Colin Wright (senior project manager at Robertson Northern), Stephen Hay (clerk of works at Hanover Scotland), Richard Lochhead MSP and Mike Martin

Adam Curry, director of organisational services at Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association, said: “It is important to us that every site we build has a connection to its surrounding area. That is why we are asking the local community to be involved in helping to choose a name for our new Spynie development.

“Hanover Scotland has 26 developments in Moray, and this is one of two new developments in the Elgin area, the other being at Stonecross, where Hanover has this week had the keys handed over. When completed, this important development at Spynie will provide a range of homes to suit the different needs of older people, allowing them to receive care and support in the community so they can live independently.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our first residents to the Spynie development later this year and want their new homes to have a name that reflects the surrounding area. Whether that name has a historical, cultural or emotional connection is up to the entrants and we are excited to read the selection of ideas they come up with.”

People are invited to send their name suggestions to Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association’s Communications Team at by the deadline of March 23.

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