Building Futures

CCG & EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

CCG has worked in partnership with East Ayrshire Council since 2017 where the each of the organisation’s approach to collaboration has delivered new, affordable homes across the region of East Ayrshire whilst delivering a broad range of tailored, community benefit initiatives.

The CCG/ EAC strategic partnership was principally formed to deliver up to 16 projects (270 affordable homes) as part of East Ayrshire Council’s Strategic Housing and Investment Plan (SHIP) from 2016-2019 and now 2020-2024.

Delivered via the innovative Future Homes Project Board – drawing its membership from internal Council Services as well as external partners, including Ayrshire Roads Alliance, the Health and Social Care Partnership, and CCG – the aim has been to create a benchmark for housing in East Ayrshire; homes that are future-proofed and fit for purpose with a focus on accessibility and specification. In doing so, CCG has worked with MAST Architects and the Council to jointly create a suite of tailored East Ayrshire house types that will ensure certainty and value in identifying longer-term household projections, cost, Secure by Design and maintenance.

In doing so, engagement is undertaken with community members to understand and assess needs in the allocation of community benefit/ social value initiatives ranging from the provision of jobs, apprenticeships, work placements and support for schools and colleges as well as donating to community-based organisations, projects or charities. To date, this has been achieved in regional areas such as Dalrymple, Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Patna and Stewarton with the fulfilment of over 200 affordable homes by autumn-2020.

All properties developed from a Design Workshop process have elicited a housing solution that best utilises the footprint of the home and is future-proofed ensuring the homes do not evict residents throughout their life experiences. The new build specification has been designed taking CCG’s standard and adapting it to align with Housing Asset Services specification to offer continuity of product and with a Fabric First Approach to construction and CCG’s ‘iQ’ Timber System, residents benefit from a home that has enhanced levels of thermal performance.

All of the projects that are constructed as part of East Ayrshire Council and CCG’ strategic partnership are procured via the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) framework. In procuring this work via the SPA, the Council receives a rebate that is ring-fenced to be used for the delivery of Community Benefits to be identified in conjunction with the community and drawing on the Community-led Action Plans to support the delivery of jobs and training along with a range of community projects; providing a sustained approach to town centre and community regeneration.

To date this investment has included:

  • 11 full-time jobs
  • 7 trade apprenticeships
  • 10 work placements
  • £38,000 donated to locally-based projects

Including all projects completed to date and presently under construction, East Ayrshire Council and CCG’s strategic partnership has delivered positive, long-term economic and social objectives by recycling Council-owned assets and creating an established design standard to deliver quality homes at an enhanced speed whilst remaining engaged with communities in order to provide sustained, structured support across a variety of means.

As the partnership continues in 2020 and beyond, we invite you to hear Margaret Pieroni and Janice Graham’s story on how they have settled into their new homes.