Scottish Empty Homes Awards finalists announced

Balantrushal, one of the finalists for Best Retrofit

THE Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced the finalists for the Finders International Scottish Empty Home Awards next month.

The awards celebrate the ‘impactful and transformative’ empty homes work undertaken across Scotland.

This year’s event will feature the new category of Empty Homes Rising Star, which will recognise newbies who are entering into the empty homes world and doing their bit to reduce Scotland’s housing shortage.

Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 1 March 2023 at the 12th Scottish Empty Homes Conference, which will be held at the Engine Shed in Stirling, as well as being streamed online for digital participants.

Shaheena Din, national project manager at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, said, “It has been incredibly difficult for the advisory group to choose finalists for this year’s awards as the quality of entries is very high, and we thank all those who took the time to submit nominations. The nominations demonstrate how empty homes work often involves creative problem solving and has a real impact on issues related to housing and the strengthening of communities.

“We look forward to showcasing the work of outstanding projects and individuals across the Scottish housing sector at the awards next month. Well done to our finalists and we look forward to announcing the winners in March.”

The finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Best use of empty homes work to create social/affordable housing: For strong contribution to increasing supply of social/affordable housing.


  • Holmhead Place Glasgow City Council
  • Grapes South of Scotland Community Housing
  • High Street Perth & Kinross Council

Best retrofit of an empty home: For an excellent environmentally friendly improvement to an empty home.


  • Niddrie Regeneration, LAR Housing Trust
  • Balantrushal Lewis, Western Isles Council
  • Jameswood Villa, Argyll & Bute Council

Best use of data to inform empty homes practice: For outstanding examples of using information to get results.

  • Matchmake to rent, Aberdeen City Council
  • Empty Homes Register, Fife Council
  • Data Insights, Homes for Good

Empty Homes rising starFor a new start making a positive impact on empty homes work.

  • Rachael Whale Scottish Borders
  • Michelle Morrison Dundee
  • Karlene Docherty Perth & Kinross

Public sector development manager for Empty Homes, Muhammad Uddin from Finders International, the awards sponsor for the conference, said, “We are really impressed by the calibre of entries and shortlisting the nominations was not an easy task. It just demonstrates the level of innovation and initiative in the Scottish empty homes sector and we are proud to be involved in the awards.”

Finalists and winners will be presented with wooden plaques handmade by social enterprise Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) at the conference.