Dumfries housing development recognised at CIH Awards

Hallam House

A supported housing development for people with disabilities in Dumfries & Galloway has won a national award from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Hallam House, which was built by Loreburn Housing Association with additional funding from the Scottish Government and Dumfries & Galloway Council, consists of five purpose-built supported housing units for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the village of Beeswing. The development provides specialist care for people who previously had to be moved outside the area because of a lack of suitable supported accommodation.

The development has now earned recognition after landing the Excellence in Development for Rented Properties Award at the CIH Excellence Awards.

Loreburn Housing Association, which manages around 2,500 homes across the region, also reached the final in two other categories – Housing Team of the Year, and The Robina Goodlad Excellence Award for Women Achievers in Housing.

Lorraine Usher, chief executive at Loreburn Housing Association said, “Hallam House is a unique example of partnership working at its best and I was delighted to see it recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

“Working together with Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Scottish Government, we have created a first-class facility with state-of-the-art technology that has brought so many benefits to the village of Beeswing and surrounding areas. It has created much-needed affordable homes for local people with disabilities who previously had to be moved outside the area.

“Living at Hallam House has allowed these people to spend much more valuable time with their families. The development has also created local jobs and brought a disused site back to life, which is all great news.”