27 Oct 2023

Chartered Institute of Housing’s Scotland Housing Awards 2023 winners announced

The winners of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Scotland Housing Awards have been announced at a special ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 27 October 2023.

The Scotland Housing Awards recognise the creativity, passion and innovation of housing organisations and individuals across the sector. This year’s awards received over a hundred nominations across 19 categories, including housing team of the year, excellence in delivering homelessness services, and young achiever.

See the full list of winners

Excellence in customer service - sponsored by West Granton Housing Co-op 
Wheatley Group's Customer Voice Programme - Wheatley Group

Excellence in housing innovation 
Book it, Track it, Rate it – Wheatley Group

Working in partnership 
The Outreach Worker Project - Places for People Scotland in partnership with Police Scotland Edinburgh Division, NHS Lothian and the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drugs Partnership

Excellence in development for affordable housing
Primrose Place, Alloa - Kingdom Housing Association with Clackmannanshire Council

Excellence in tenant scrutiny - sponsored by Scottish Government
Your Voice Group - Your Voice Group with Argyll Community Housing Association 

Excellence in the private rented sector - sponsored by Safe Deposits Scotland
PKC Lets and Ukraine Landlord Offer - Perth & Kinross Council

Excellence in regeneration and sustainability - sponsored by Kingdom Group
North Sighthill Regeneration, Edinburgh - City of Edinburgh Council with Anderson Bell Christie Architects

Housing organisation of the year - sponsored by SFHA (Scottish Federation of Housing Associations) 
Link Group at 60 - Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Business - Link Group

Excellence in learning and development
Learning, Educating, Attaining, Recruiting and Nurturing (LEARN) - Elderpark Housing Association

Excellence in health and wellbeing
Heat and Eat Initiative - Grampian Housing Association

Housing-led approaches to ending homelessness
Naumann Initiative - Kingdom Housing Association 
Highly commended: SCS Homes - Simon Community Scotland

Excellence in communications - sponsored by Resource
Transformative Communication to Engage Tenants, Communities and Staff - Link Group

Net zero in housing - sponsored by RCH Group
ACHA Whole House Retrofit Project - Argyll Community Housing Association in partnership with Procast Group
Highly commended: Zero Emission heating Project: Mackenzie Gardens, Turiff, Aberdeenshire - Grampian Housing Association in partnership with M-4

Marion Gibb award for equality in housing - sponsored by Homeless Network Scotland, I-Sphere, North Ayrshire Council, Queens Cross housing Association and the Scottish Government
Equality in Housing Podcast - Housing Options Scotland in partnership with UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence

Apprentice of the year
Amber Winton - Hillcrest Homes

Excellence in leadership - sponsored by ALACHO (Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers)
Yvonne Baulk - North Ayrshire Council

Housing team of the year
Housing Access Team - Fife Council 

Young achiever in housing
Becky Clark - Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association

Lifetime achievement
Craig Stirrat - Grampian Housing Association

All 76 shortlisted entries for the Scotland Housing Awards have also been included in our 2023 Good Practice Compendium a core learning document full of inspiration, ideas, and innovation to help everyone across the sector create a future where everyone has a place to call home.

Commenting on the award winners, CIH Scotland director Callum Chomczuk said:

“I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees. The standard of application this year, as in previous years, has been extremely high and is a testament to the great work and innovation happening throughout Scotland’s housing sector every day.

"The Scotland Housing Awards, and the Good Practice Compendium, is one of the most important activities that CIH Scotland undertakes each year and highlights the difference that housing professionals are making across Scotland and the impact of wider public policy objectives that make a difference to all of our lives.”