Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Rural Housing Award
Our Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony & Dinner takes place in just a weeks’ time, so we are taking a closer look at each of the finalists in our nine diverse categories here on our blog. In some rural areas, private rented accommodation is often the main, or only, housing option for many. The Rural Housing category aims to highlight those who are providing vital high-quality housing in rural Scotland.
Here’s a little more about the stories behind the finalists in the Rural Housing category, kindly sponsored by Velux.
Abercairny Estate has worked tirelessly to bring a long-term empty property back into use, providing benefits to local people looking for housing and the local tradesman completing the works. An Empty Homes Initiative Grant, as well as investment from the estate, enabled the practical re-build of Quarterbank House. To bring the 200-year-old property up to the Repairing Standard, works included a new roof, insulation of all exterior walls, extensive rewiring and new windows. There was a strong demand from prospective tenants and the house is now home to a family with four children who have plans to be as self-sufficient as possible.
For 15 years Inverbroom Estate has been repairing and renovating a number of Victorian era houses which were previously unfit to live in. This kind of work is not an easy task as the range of repairs can require specialist skills in stone masonry, lime mortaring and joinery. Local tradesman have helped transform the properties into affordable housing in an area where there is a housing shortage. The project has been admired for its attention to detail including the stone slabbed courtyard and drystone arches in the old stable blocks of Inverbroom farm steaming, which now provides accommodation for local families living near the West Coast village of Ullapool.
Built in an area where no new affordable homes for rent had been built for 50 years, eight new properties were built to the ‘Passivhaus standard’. This is an industry benchmark for superior quality, low energy housing and features of the properties include super insulation, triple glazing, very high air tightness levels and no cold bridging. The houses effectively heat themselves resulting in low energy bills for tenants and other positive benefits. Dormont Estate has led the way in Scotland in the provision of more sustainable housing, and its innovative approach has driven local economic growth. The development is an exemplar in the management of land for the benefit of the local area.
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