At the Homes for Scotland Awards which took place on 17 May 2024 – there was optimism in the room as over 900 delegates from the housebuilding sector gathered together to celebrate success and innovation achieved in the context of challenging conditions.

A rousing question and answer session with Hashi Mohamed created an inspiring and tangible link between the work of the room and the human impact of housing delivery, reminding us all (if we needed it) that housebuilding is also home building.

Jane Wood, chief executive of Homes for Scotland, when addressing the audience which included Housing Minister Paul McLennan MSP, emphasised the importance of strong leadership and partnership working among stakeholders, particularly in the context of the ongoing national housing emergency, and constrained public finances.

The Minister who also addressed the room stressed how keen he was to meet with as many stakeholders as possible, and his commitment to work together with the sector to deliver the homes needed.

The awards themselves were a true showcase of the talent and ambition that exists in the sector right now, and we were delighted to see clients from across the housebuilding sector including Cala Homes (Development of the Year Large; Waterfront Plaza, Leith (East) and Jordanhill Park, Glasgow (West)),LAR Housing Trust (Development of the Year Small – Up to 25 Units; Ford's Road, Edinburgh) and Keepmoat (Development of the Year Large; NorthBridge, Glasgow)all nominated for awards. In the context of the continued shortage of high-quality affordable housing, Kingdom Housing Association's success as Home Builder of the Year – Affordable Housing Provider, was particularly impressive.

There's little doubt that the sector is strong and brimming with talent and ambition. If stakeholders can come together, supported by strong leadership from Government, we will make great strides together towards tackling the very real crisis, and delivering homes for all who need them.


Jenna Monteith

Legal Director