Council’s Creveul Court finalist in Housing Development of the Year
10 August 2021
By Lucy Ashton
A new Council housing development, which is off Bank Street in Alexandria, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Creveul Court has been named as a finalist in the Scottish Home Awards in the Affordable Housing Development of the Year (social rent) category.
The street was named in honour of Charles Creveul, who was a Co-op insurance man in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven in the 1950s. He was also a Labour member of Vale of Leven District Council.
The programme recognises excellence in the creation of new homes and place-making across the country with finalists and winners chosen by an independent judging panel.
The 22 homes at Creveul Court have been designed to make independent living easier for tenants with dementia.
Each home has features including glazed doors in kitchen cupboards so the resident can clearly see what is kept inside; traditional hot and cold taps rather than mixers and contrasting colours are used on doors and between walls and floors.
The flats have lift access to upper floors, and each landing has a different colour of flooring and tiling, with each floor clearly numbered for ease of recognition.
A communal garden is available to all tenants with sensory planting, sheltered spaces for gardening and relaxing. Front doors will face into the garden area and be a focus point for the community.
The town centre location of the development also benefit elderly tenants who are able to access local services and public transport more easily.
Councillor Diane Docherty, left, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “I am pleased to see that the thought behind the design of Creveul Court and our commitment to dementia designs more widely in West Dunbartonshire is being recognised nationally. These homes are stylish and affordable, and they also make independent living and socialising possible for our elderly tenants with the range of features they offer.”
Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We work very hard to ensure that our new developments cater for a wide variety of tenants and their specific needs, and it is great news that what we offer at Creveul has seen it listed as a finalist in the Affordable Housing Development of the Year. This new development is a welcomed improvement in the heart of Alexandria and I know tenants are already enjoying these purpose built and energy efficient homes right in centre of the town.”
This year’s awards is being planned as a hybrid event which will combine the format of a digital broadcast, together with the return of the live dinner, scheduled for Thursday 16 September in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, Residents are being encouraged to share their views on the Council’s draft Local Housing Strategy as part of a consultation.
The new strategy outlines a vision and plan for housing and housing services in the area over the next five years.
It aims to enhance the current offer , making West Dunbartonshire a place for tenants and residents to thrive.
The strategy focuses on five key priority themes including housing need and demand; promoting good quality housing; homelessness and housing options; place and community; and supported, specialist and particular needs housing.
The draft strategy has been shaped through extensive consultation as well as national and local policies.
Councillor Docherty said “It is so important that this strategy and the actions contained within it reflect the needs and wants of our tenants and residents and addresses the issues that matter most to our communities.
“We are keen to hear your views on the strategy and I’d encourage everyone to take part in the short survey.”
In addition to the online survey a number of themed workshops, which are open to all, have been arranged to discuss the key topics in more detail.
The workshops will take place on the following dates, and you can register to attend using the links below.
Private Rented Sector – Wednesday 11th August – 12pm (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhs-workshop-3-private-rented-sector-tickets-162416376755)
Specialist Provision – Thursday 12th August -12pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhs-workshop-4-specialist-housing-tickets-162417002627
Energy Efficiency and Climate Change – Monday 16th August – 12pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhs-workshop-5-energy-efficiency-and-climate-change-tickets-162417530205
Place Making and Communities – Tuesday 17th August – 12pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhs-workshop-6-place-making-and-communities-tickets-162417981555
Accessible Housing and Adaptations – Wednesday 18th August – 12pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhs-workshop-7-accessible-housing-and-adaptations-tickets-162418382755
Housing Delivery & New Development – Thursday 19th August – 12pm
If the above dates are unsuitable, residents can also share input and thoughts on any of the themes by contacting Emily.dorrian@west–dunbarton.gov.uk
Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, said “Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the final strategy, so it’s really important that you have your say now.
“As well as the survey, we hope the discussion which takes place at the workshops will help develop quality, deliverable and measurable actions for the strategy to take forward.”
Following committee approval, it is anticipated that the final version of the strategy will be adopted later this year.
The consultation is open until 16 September.