Cruden scores double win at Homes for Scotland Awards

The Cruden team at the Homes For Scotland Awards 2022

The Homes For Scotland Awards 2022 took place on May 20 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, bringing together key players in the Scottish construction industry to celebrate the sector’s greatest achievements from a range of projects from construction of innovative homes across the country.

The annual event earned Cruden Homes the prestigious title of Large Home Builder of the Year alongside Development of the Year – Small.

Awarded the much sought after title of ‘Major Home Builder of the Year’, Cruden Homes was praised by the judges for its high quality finish and carefully thought out designs. The developer was seen as a testament to this year’s panel theme of “going deeper” and stood out from the crowd due to its dedication to creating comprehensive community developments for homebuyers.

Cruden Homes’ stylish development exclusively for people aged 55 and over, Muirwood Gardens, also received the award for “Development of the Year – Small”. Offering a mix of modern two and three bedroom bungalows, villas and cottages, Muirwood Gardens was developed by Juniper Residential, sister company to Cruden Homes. The development is ideally located close to the historic town of Kinross and the on-site facilities at Muirwood Gardens offer stunning hotel-inspired communal areas such as a residential club lounge and luxury guest suite for visitors. .

Delighted to have been awarded Homebuilder of the Year, Steven Simpson, Managing Director of Cruden Homes East, said: “My team and I are delighted that Cruden Homes is being recognized as a pioneering player in the Scottish industry. of building houses.

“Winning the Major Homebuilder of the Year award is very special, especially as our industry continues to overcome the challenges faced during the pandemic. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, we have come back stronger than ever and look forward to delivering more sustainable and community-focused developments in the future.

“Cruden is committed to creating sustainable homes that successfully combine comfort and functionality with quality and style. Our customers are at the heart of our designs and we do everything we can to ensure that the living spaces we create are carefully curated with them in mind.

Cruden scores double win at Homes for Scotland Awards

Stewart Milne Group, in partnership with Barratt Developments and Forster Group, won the “Innovation of the Year (Transition to Net Zero)” award on the evening for its AIMCH (Advanced Industrialized Methods of the Construction of Homes) project.

Originally created to address challenges in the housing sector and achieve net zero carbon targets, AIMCH is a three-year, £6.5 million collaborative research and development project.

In addition to finding solutions for workforce challenges, skills shortages and low affordability, AIMCH has become fundamental in identifying outcomes to increase productivity and processes overall. of the sector.

The Stewart Milne Group’s Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Stewart Dalgarno, is also a project director at AIMCH and recently presented a blueprint for the industry to support the delivery of quality and sustainable homes. He also led a study that showed how construction risks can be reduced by 20%, which is essential for health and safety within the industry.

Stewart Milne Group is aligning its methods and processes with research from AIMCH projects, which will see more modern and innovative ways to build new homes.

Mr. Dalgarno commented: “The work produced by AIMCH is vital to the future of the real estate and construction industry, so to be recognized alongside our partners is extremely rewarding.

“This is a collaborative effort, and it reinforces the progress we can make when we can work together as an industry, with each partner bringing relevant skills and complementary knowledge to the project.

“The solutions identified so far are a real catalyst for change, encouraging developers to use modern methods and increase design standardization in the pursuit of net zero.”

“We continue to seek the most efficient, safest and highest quality way of doing things in order to meet buyer demand, keep people safe and reduce our carbon footprint.”

AIMCH partners – Stewart Milne Group, Barratt Developments PLC, L&Q, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Construction Scotland Innovation Center and Forster Roofing Services Ltd – have been collaborating, researching and testing scalable, close-to-market housing solutions for the last three years.

With all shortlisted development entries subject to a site visit by the panel as well as a separate online interview with senior management representatives, the judges were extremely impressed with the top winners, noting displays of commitment strong community, high levels of customer satisfaction and commendable attention. on innovation at all levels.

Independent Jury Chair David Knight, former Managing Director of Avant Homes, said: “As Chair of this year’s reappointed Jury, I was delighted to see such strong submissions from HFS members. , especially given the challenges of the past two years. .

“These entries showcased organizations that are not only taking up the challenge of providing more much-needed homes across the country, but doing so in a way that goes above and beyond – it could be in terms of their use of innovative building technologies or techniques, creating a sense of place and community or notable sustainability features – and all with the customer in the foreground.

“The jury therefore congratulates all those who participated and those who won the best prizes.”

The full winners are below:

Development of the year – large (over 100 units) – sponsored by Hacking and Paterson

  • Barratt and David Wilson Houses – The Strand, Edinburgh
  • CCG (with South Lanarkshire Council South West hub) – Whitlawburn Regeneration, Glasgow
  • Link Group & McTaggart Construction – Riverside Dalmarnock, Glasgow – Winner
  • Places for people – Chapelton, Aberdeenshire
  • Springfield Properties – Bertha Park, Perth
  • Stewart Milne Group – Dunnottar Park, Stonehaven

Development of the year – medium (26-99 units) – sponsored by VELUX

  • CALA Homes (East) – Boroughmuir Phase 2, Edinburgh
  • GCC (with Edinburgh City Council) – Bingham Avenue, Edinburgh
  • Cruden Homes (East) – Bonnington Mill, Edinburgh
  • Lovell Partnerships – Claish Farm, Stirlingshire
  • Westpoint Homes – One Hyndland Avenue, Glasgow – Winner
  • Whiteburn Projects – Caerlee Mill Phase 2, Innerleithen

Development of the year – small (up to 25 units) – sponsored by Openreach

  • Cruden Homes (East) – Muirwood Gardens Phase 1, Kinross – Winner
  • Hadden Houses – Glenluie Green, Perthshire
  • Panacea Homes – The Primary, Glasgow – Commendation
  • Rural Revival – Darnick Green, Melrose

Innovation of the Year (Transition to Net Zero) – sponsored by Shoosmiths

  • Barratt Developments – The Z House
  • Pixel – Online Selection Systems
  • Stewart Milne Group with Barratt Developments and Forster Group – AIMCH Project – Winner

Associate Member of the Year – sponsored by Anderson Strathern

  • Perceptual Communicators – Winner