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We're a Scottish Home Award finalists

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Queens Cross in the running for Scottish Home Award

Flourish House community cafeGreat news that we've been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Scottish Home Awards.

We're down to the final three in the large housing association of the year category.

‘Coming straight on the back of our commendation at the UK Housing Excellence Awards, this is further endorsement of our approach towards providing our tenants with the best possible service,’ said Queens Cross chief executive, Shona Stephen.

‘We have been at the heart of our local communities for the past 40 years delivering the highest standards of service and quality of homes through continual investment and development programmes.’

‘I’m delighted that our staff’s efforts have been recognised at this year’s awards.’

The Scottish Home Awards is an independent awards programme founded in 2007 to recognise excellence in the Scottish housing industry.

Over the past year Queens Cross has invested £14 million in building and improving homes. This has included more than 100 new homes along the Forth Clyde Canal and 76 flats and houses elsewhere in the city.

In addition we're nearing completion of upgrades to 300 multi-storey flats and the installation of green energy ground source heat systems to 448 more.

‘Social regeneration is a core driver of our work and our tenant-led Board ensures that community views are central to our decision making. We have been instrumental in the transformation of the area we serve from one of poor housing and depopulation to one of the most popular areas of the city,’ said Shona.

It is this wider work within the communities we serve that really sets Queens Cross apart as an innovative, tenant focused organisation.

Initiatives like the Poverty Charter that highlighted the extent of social deprivation in the area, our Unsung Heroes Award for outstanding tenants along with initiatives for ethnic minority engagement.  Work with the young homeless, refugees and older people make Queens Cross a key community partner.

Satisfaction with the quality of repairs was also a major factor in the Association’s shortlisting. Independent researchers asked every tenant who’s had a repair for their views and a 95% were happy with the service. 

Ambitions for the coming year include plans for a further 600 new homes in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals to regenerate the Forth and Clyde Canal corridor.