Hillcrest takes top spot for social rent in ‘Biggest UK Builders’ survey
Hillcrest has topped this year’s Inside Housing’s Biggest Builders survey for the number of social rent properties delivered as a percentage of total completions in Scotland, with an impressive 89% of new homes developed for social rent.
Providing a significant boost to local social rent housing provision in Scotland, Hillcrest also scooped second place in the same category for the UK overall.
The annual survey examines hundreds of housing associations and house builders across the UK each year and saw Hillcrest come second in Scotland - and sixth in the UK overall - for the amount of new homes delivered as a percentage of the housing association’s existing properties.
These prestigious rankings reflect the ambitions of the Dundee-based social landlord’s ongoing development programme, and the organisation’s exponential growth across the east of Scotland.
In the 2021/22 financial year, Hillcrest delivered 329 new homes across Aberdeen, Dundee, Angus and Edinburgh. Of these, 294 were for social rent, while 35 were for mid-market rent – an affordable housing option for those who may struggle to secure social rent homes, but may also struggle to afford private rents or be unable to buy their own home.
These new homes included developments at Harris Drive and Countesswells in Aberdeen, and the first phase of homes at the iconic former Sunnyside Royal Hospital just outside Montrose.
Hillcrest Homes’ chief executive Angela Linton, said: “Our placing of first and second in Scotland in the Social Rent and Completions categories respectively is a huge testament to the continued ambition and determination shown by our development team, as well as the excellent relationships we have with our contractors.
“The past couple of years have been especially challenging with firstly the pandemic, then labour and material shortages causing issues. However, along with our contractors, we’ve ensured we’ve continued to deliver affordable homes for those in housing need.”