Highland Council housing project scoops top award

A pilot scheme to develop housing provision that acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between living entirely independently in the community and as a resident at a care home has scooped a top award.

The Highland Council’s Telford Centre development trials a new type of house which is described as a flexible, adapted property designed to support residents with a increasing need to stay at home and live independently normal, whilst being close enough to the Telford Care Home to seek support.

It received the top award in the housing and regeneration category at the 2021 SURF Regeneration awards, with the judging panel visiting the development as tenants were moving into their new homes.

Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson, said, “This is a huge accolade and reflects all the hard work of everyone involved from the conception to helping people move into their new homes. Development of adapted houses is not new to the council, but this award winning pilot takes the fresh step of building the units in the grounds of the Telford Centre Care Home to provide the missing link between living independently and entering a formal care setting.

“Due to this successful approach I am sure we will see more similar housing development across other Highland communities.”