Finalists announced in awards celebrating work on empty homes

THE finalists have been announced by an awards competition recognising the best work in bringing back empty homes into productive use.

Says a media announcement, here, on behalf of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership: “The awards celebrate the impactful and transformative empty homes work undertaken across Scotland; recent statistics revealed almost 43,000 homes are lying empty and, bringing even some of these back into use, can be a cost-effective way to help ease pressure on supply challenges.”

Award winners will be announced on Wednesday March 1 at the 12th Scottish Empty Homes Conference, which will be held at the Engine Shed in Stirling, as well as being streamed online for digital participants.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by the charity, Shelter Scotland.

The finalists are, as follows:

Best use of empty homes work to create social/affordable housing

  • Holmhead Place, Glasgow City Council
  • Grapes, South of Scotland Community Housing
  • High Street, Perth & Kinross Council  

Best retrofit of an empty home:

  • Niddrie Regeneration, LAR Housing Trust 
  • Balantrushal Lewis, Western Isles Council (pictured, after renovation)
  • Jameswood Villa, Argyll & Bute Council

Best use of data to inform empty homes practice

  • Matchmake to rent, Aberdeen City Council
  • Empty Homes Register, Fife Council 
  • Data Insights, Homes for Good 

Empty Homes rising star

  • Rachael Whale, Scottish Borders 
  • Michelle Morrison, Dundee 
  • Karlene Docherty, Perth & Kinross 

Picture credit: Western Isles Council

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