Fife-based Kingdom Housing Association has been shortlisted in three categories at the Scottish Home Awards, the country’s largest independent awards competition in residential property.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Scottish Home Awards recognise excellence in the Scottish housing sector across 18 different categories and this year received more than 130 entries from 70 organisations.
Kingdom has been shortlisted for the Renovation of the Year Award for Hunter House in Kirkcaldy, the Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Social Rent) Award for its work at South Avenue, Blairhall, and for the Housing Association of the Year Award.
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group Chief Executive said, “It’s an honour to be selected as finalists at the prestigious Scottish Home Awards. Throughout this exceptionally challenging 12 months we have continued to provide a diverse range of quality services and support to tenants and communities across East Central Scotland to sustain tenancies and help tackle issues such as digital exclusion and fuel poverty. Kingdom’s mission of providing More Than A Home is at the heart of everything we do and to be shortlisted for the Housing Association of the Year Award reflects positively the hard work and professionalism of everyone at Kingdom.”
Kingdom’s Hunter House renovation project in Kirkcaldy supports Fife Council’s Rapid Rehousing Strategy to reduce homelessness in the area along with the association’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The conversion works acknowledge and respect the significant features of the building which dates back to 1785 and have ensured that these have been retained in their current glory.
The development at South Avenue, Blairhall, demonstrates partnership working at its best along with the benefits that quality low-carbon affordable homes can offer not only to tenants but to the wider community and the environment. The considered design and engagement approach has enabled the successful delivery of much needed high quality affordable housing which will help sustain the village for many years to come.
Julie Watson, Interim Head of Capital Investment said, “Being shortlisted for this year’s Affordable Housing Development Award is testament to the hard work of the team and the difference that good quality homes can make to people’s lives. These new homes are in complete contrast to the renovation of Hunter House in Kirkcaldy where we’ve been able to bring a much loved classic town centre building back into use. Becoming finalists in two such diverse categories at the Scottish Home Awards demonstrates the diverse range of projects that we’re lucky enough to work on at Kingdom and it’s that diversity that makes my job so enjoyable.”
The 2021 Scottish Home Awards winners will be announced on Thursday 16 September.