Link’s Tannahill Crescent development won the 'Small affordable housing development of the year' award in the 2014 Scottish Homes Awards.
The properties consisted of two, three and four-bedroom homes, including one three-bedroom bungalow designed to meet the needs of a family with a wheelchair user.
This was the first Link development designed to comply with the Silver level sustainable development requirements of the 2011 Scottish Building Standards. The houses were designed with heating and ventilation systems to maximise fuel efficiency, reduce heat loss and be easier and cheaper to heat.
It was also the first development where Link adopted the CITB-Construction Skills’ Client-Based Approach. By doing this, Link became the first Scottish Registered Social Landlord to qualify as a National Skills Academy for Construction.
The Client-Based Approach (CBA) ensures that Link’s construction tenders include commitments to deliver employment and skills relevant to the project being procured, as well as bringing added benefits to the local communities in which works are located.
The Tannahill development piloted the CBA with four work placements (16 + years), an apprentice and a graduate all taken on by McTaggart Construction. Two existing apprentices were also able to continue with their training on site, while six further opportunities on the development were advertised locally to maximise opportunities in the community.