Hanover Housing Association

Arklet housing association enters in to formal partnership discussions

Arklet and Hanover (Scotland) housing associations have agreed to enter into detailed discussions about a potential formal partnership between the two organisations.

Leading up to this, Arklet had undertaken a strategic options review which resulted in an invitation to housing organisations to explore their interest in entering into a partnership arrangement.

The selection process culminated in Arklet choosing Hanover as its preferred potential partner.

Importantly, the process highlighted benefits for all residents along with a strong synergy of ideas and a shared vision for the future between the two organisations.

Arklet and Hanover will now begin the formal process of negotiation and due diligence with all partnership options being fully considered in detail before agreement is reached. Both are confident that progressing these discussions will be a positive step.

Residents of both organisations will be kept advised and engaged throughout, and their best interests will be firmly placed at the heart of any decision-making.

Mike Martin, chair of Hanover Scotland

Mike Martin, chair of Hanover Scotland, said: “I am excited at the prospect of Hanover Scotland and Arklet working in partnership and feel there will be positive benefits for residents and staff of both organisations.”

“We are at the very beginning of this process but discussions to date have shown that the organisations share common aspirations and I am confident that together we can improve and grow.”

“There is a lot of detailed work and due diligence to be done to ensure any partnership that does emerge is robust and sustainable.”

Iain Wallace, chair of Arklet Housing Association, said: “We are delighted that we have now entered formal discussions with Hanover Scotland regarding a possible partnership which will improve the range and value of services for our tenants. We are particularly grateful to the members of our Tenants’ Forum who have participated in the selection process and have represented the feelings of their fellow residents in a highly effective and constructive manner.”

“The strategic options review and call for expressions of interest that has got us to this stage has been an invaluable process and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved for their assistance. We now look forward to the discussions with Hanover Scotland and their team to explore what shape a partnership deal might take and believe this will lead to positive outcomes for our residents.”

Affordable housing scheme completes in South Ayrshire

(from left) Colin Campbell (site manager, Keepmoat Homes), George Laing (clerk of works, Hanover Scotland), Mark Farey (director of asset management, Hanover Scotland), Cllr Philip Saxton (housing & customer services portfolio holder, South Ayrshire Council), Jim Kennedy (architectural manager, Keepmoat Homes), Kirsty Stillie (sales executive, Keepmoat Homes), Michael Harding (contracts manager, Keepmoat Homes), Jim Curran (development officer, Hanover Scotland)

Keepmoat Homes has been working in partnership with Hanover Scotland to deliver 10 affordable homes as part of the new 42 house Lyons Gate development.

The development at Heathfield Road, which received £763,000 investment from the Scottish Government through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, comprises of eight cottage flats and two semi-detached houses for rent, and responds to local demand for quality and affordable housing in the town.

Sandy McBride, regional managing director for Keepmoat Homes, describes how the extensive regeneration of the area has been a key part in attracting interest from local people.

He said: “Before we even began the construction of new homes at Lyons Gate, we invested heavily in ground improvement works and consulting with the local community to ensure we delivered the right product.  Over recent years the demand for new housing in the area has continued to increase and we are pleased to be working in partnership with Hanover Housing Association and South Ayrshire Council to be able to meet this demand.

“It was important that we not only brought new homes for sale to the market, but we incorporated social housing within the scheme, as this underpins our commitment to transforming communities and supporting customers at all ends of the market.

“With our sales office now open – we encourage people to drop in and take a look at the new homes we have on offer and get an exclusive glimpse of the lifestyle available at Lyons Gate.”

Mark Farey, director of asset management at Hanover Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with South Ayrshire Council and Keepmoat Homes to bring modern, affordable homes to the area. This is a perfect example of how Hanover Scotland is working closely with local authorities to ensure Scotland delivers on its ambitious affordable housing target, providing high quality affordable homes suited to the needs of the local community.”

Councillor Philip Saxton, housing and customer services portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, added: “These homes are a fine example of what can be achieved through partnership working. South Ayrshire Council will continue to work closely with Hanover Scotland and other Registered Social Landlords to provide affordable housing that meets the needs of our communities.”

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “I am delighted to see the completion of the Lyons Gate development, which will bring great benefits to the area. It will not only provide high quality, affordable accommodation, but breathe new life into the community.

“Supported through our Affordable Housing Supply Programme, it is a great example of how the Scottish Government is helping provide the right homes, in the right places, and to a standard anyone would be proud to call home – a core part of our drive to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country.

“We are committed to delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes over this Parliament – backed by £3 billion of investment. As this project shows, working together with housing associations and others, I am confident that target can be achieved.”

Elgin dementia facility wins award

Springfield Properties - Hanover (2)Linkwood View, the new specialist facility in Elgin built by Springfield Properties, has been awarded Social Housing Development of the Year by Premier Guarantee.

In partnership with Hanover Housing Association, Springfield built the 30 apartment specialist care facility, specifically for the elderly, in just over a year. Named Linkwood View by local nursery children, staff from Hanover welcomed the first residents last month.

The facility offers 30 self-contained wheelchair accessible apartments, six of which are tailored to meet the needs of residents with dementia. There are additional apartments for the live-in staff and a communal hub for residents.

(from left) Tom Leggeat (Springfield group partnership director) - Julie McKinnon (Hanover project manager) - Neil Smith (Springfield project manager)

(from left) Tom Leggeat (Springfield group partnership director) – Julie McKinnon (Hanover project manager) – Neil Smith (Springfield project manager)

Springfield Properties group partnership director, Tom Leggeat, said: “The completion of the Linkwood View Apartments marks a milestone for us. This is one of our biggest specialist care projects to date. To be awarded Social Housing Development of the Year by Premier Guarantee is a fantastic achievement – and much deserved recognition for the people whose hard work has made Linkwood View a success.

“The flats have been designed to make life easier for the residents and give them a home to call their own. Kitchen units have been lowered, windows are longer and doorways are wider.

“We’ve worked closely with dementia care specialists to ensure six of the flats would be suitable for sufferers of the condition. The kitchen doors are fitted with glass panels reducing the frustration caused by the confusion of forgetting where things are kept, the switches and sockets are in a contrasting colour to the wall and there is a clear line of sight to each room.”

Springfield Properties - Hanover (1)Tom added: “Externally, there is a feature wall along the edge of the building that has utilised the original stone from Linkwood Steadings just around the corner. The residents will be within walking distance of a local shop, coffee shop, doctor’s surgery, dentist, pharmacy and a key bus route.”

The winners of the Social Housing Development of the Year were announced at the Premier Guarantee awards earlier this week in London.