Published 15 May 2023

A new Council housing development at Queens Quay in Clydebank has been nominated for a national award.

The site, which is made up of Council homes as well social housing managed by Loretto Housing Association and Clydebank Housing Association, has been shortlisted in the Homes for Scotland Award in the Large Development category.

The home-building body announced the shortlist last month, with the focus on environmental, sustainable and social values.

The homes at Queens Quay are the first to be heated and powered by the nearby West Dunbartonshire Energy Centre, ensuring they are sustainable and helping to support tenants by reducing fuel bills.

The pioneering system takes water from the Clyde to create green heat energy for homes, businesses and public buildings in its vicinity.

Using the first large-scale heat pump of its kind in Scotland, the system delivers circa 2000 tonnes of carbon reduction from the environment per year.

Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “I had the pleasure of visiting one of the new tenants in this development when it was officially opened earlier this year, and I can see exactly why it has been shortlisted for this award.

“Not only are these homes sustainable and better for the environment, cutting the Council’s carbon footprint, they are benefitting the tenant by cutting down their energy bills.”

Councillor Hazel Sorrell, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “This fantastic new development is just one example of how West Dunbartonshire Council homes are providing sustainable homes using innovative technology and delivering on low carbon ambitions including passivhaus and other net zero carbon opportunities.

“Best of luck to the team working on this development, they are deserving of this award.”

The winners will be announced at an event at the EICC on Friday 26 May.