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Shettleston Housing Association’s Passivhaus church conversion shortlisted for Scottish Homes Award

Shettleston Housing Association named as one of eight finalists in the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year category, for social rent, in the Scottish Home Awards 2019.

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Old Carntyne Church, in the east end of Glasgow, has been transformed from a semi-derelict building into one of Scotland’s most energy efficient affordable housing developments, including the city’s first multi-storey Passivhaus building. The Shettleston Housing Association’s development will compete against eight other finalists in the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year category, for social rent, in the Scottish Home Awards 2019.

The church, to be renamed Cunningham House after the association’s former Chief Executive, Chris Cunningham, was built by contractor Stuart & Shields and designed by architects Page and Park with John Gilbert Architects as Passivhaus designer. The redevelopment saw the conversion of the original church building into 14 amenity flats, with a glazed link to the five Passivhaus certified homes in the new build five-storey tower. All 19 homes are designed and built to extremely high standards of energy efficiency, air tightness, and insulation.

Passivhaus technology reduces the loss of heat from a building, resulting in a minimal requirement for heating, with most of the heating needs covered by ‘passive’ sources such as the solar gain, the building’s appliances, and its inhabitants. For residents, this will mean a dramatic reduction in fuel bills.

Gillian Johnston, Chair of Shettleston Housing Association, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of this beautiful development, which has brought an important and prominent local building back into use through the creation of highly sustainable homes to meet the needs of older households in the area.”

Residents will also benefit from the association’s retirement housing service, and the first tenants will move in in June. 

Winners of the Scottish Home Awards 2019 will be announced on 13 June 13 a black tie ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in central Glasgow.