Kirrie flats win regeneration awards

editorial image

A regeneration project that breathed new life into a disused church hall in Kirriemuir has won two awards for Angus Council and Redford Homes Ltd.

The Glengate Hall scheme has won the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, run in partnership by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Independent Regeneration network.

As well as rewarding best practice and innovation, they also recognise the promotion and dissemination of best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience to enhance future policy and practices.

The awards also highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The news follows Angus Council picking up the ‘Best use of media’ at Shelter’s Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year 2014 awards.

The council won the award for its work to further the objective to bring private sector empty homes back into use. Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s vice-convener of Communities and CARS steering group member, said: “I’m delighted that the work to transform the Glengate Hall has been recognised. This is a project everybody should be proud of.

“It was a large, collaborative project providing badly-needed flats right in the heart of Kirriemuir and brings the history to the modern day and through retaining features such as the old plaques, it means people can appreciate what this building once was rather than just seeing it as a set of new-build flats.”

Lorna Redford, Redford Homes’ managing director, also said the company is delighted with its win.

She added: “This is a real example of everyone pulling together for a most worthwhile common goal. I share everyone else’s hope this is a model that can be used in the future and provide much needed homes at affordable rents for the people all over Scotland.”