Dunedin Canmore scores a hat trick

posted 11 May 2011, 04:35 by Alistar Frater
Two multi-million pound Edinburgh housing developments are in the running for a trio of prestigious awards.

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association is celebrating becoming a finalist in two categories of the Scottish Home Awards 2011 and a partner in Rettie & Co’s nomination in a third category.

Vying for the title of Senior Housing Development of the Year is their Quarries complex in Hyvot Mill Road, Gilmerton. The development provides not just housing but an entire community for its elderly residents. It contains 58 two-person flats around a central courtyard and boasts a community hall, a glass atrium, a scooter re-charging store, a large wildlife pond, allotment planters and an IT room. The garden is even fitted out with exercise equipment to help keep residents fit.

The Quarries replaces an outdated sheltered housing complex and is part of a wider £70million regeneration of the Hyvots and Moredun Park area. It cost just over £7million to build.

The Moray Apartments in Milton Road East, Brunstane, are finalists in two categories of the awards. Some the 15 rental flats have stunning sea views and others have outlooks towards the Pentland Hills.

Dunedin Canmore is in the running for the title of Small Affordable Development of the Year for the apartments and is a partner in the Rettie & Co bid for the award of Community Partnership of the Year.

Rettie & Co devised an innovative funding arrangement for the apartments in conjunction with Dunedin Canmore and Edinburgh City Council. In a bid to kick-start building and provide much needed housing, the local authority agreed to guarantee any exceptional operational losses over 10 years. This allowed Dunedin Canmore to unlock private finance and build the £1.3million without government funding.

New tenant Mehdi Stuart, was thrilled to attend the launch of the Moray Apartments.

Mehdi, 35, said: “The view from my second floor apartment is fantastic. I’m the envy of all my friends. Not only does the flat have a great location – it is also very affordable.

“I can’t thank Dunedin Canmore enough for the opportunity to have such a wonderful home.”

The Scottish Home Awards dinner and ceremony will take place at 7pm on Thursday, June 9, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Ewan Fraser, Chief Executive of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, said: “Everyone at Dunedin Canmore is thrilled to hear that we are finalists in three categories of these prestigious awards. Our main priority is providing high quality, affordable homes where people want to live, so it is great to be recognised for our work.

“Now we’re hoping to go all the way and scoop the awards on the night!”