AN ALLOA housing development has been recognised at the Scotland Housing Awards 2023.

Primrose Place, the dementia friendly housing initiative located within the town, was the focal point for the developers Kingdom Housing lifting the Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing award.

The 60 dementia friendly homes were designed in line with Clackmannanshire Council’s sustainable ageing policy, affording those with dementia more independence.

Jane McTaggart, Clackmannanshire Council’s spokesperson for housing and property, said: “Partnership working is a key value for the council and Primrose Place is a fantastic example of this in action.

“This project transformed a derelict site in Alloa town centre into 60 dementia-friendly, modern properties, designed to ensure the residents there will live full, independent lives at home for as long as possible.

“I am delighted this innovative development has won this prestigious award and congratulate everyone involved in its planning and delivery.”

Kingdom won this award in partnership with Clackmannanshire Council at a gala event in Glasgow, with Primrose Place hailed as a milestone.

On top of the first award, Kingdom also lifted the Housing-led Approach to Ending Homelessness award for their Naumann Initiative project.

Tom Barclay, Kingdom Group chief executive, said: “I’m delighted to see Primrose Place, Alloa recognised in Mr Brown’s motion in the Scottish Parliament, following the recent win at the CIH Scotland Housing Awards.

“Working closely with our partners at Clackmannanshire Council, and with the support of the Scottish Government, we’ve created a community at Primrose Place that helps people live independently in their own homes for longer.

“At Kingdom, our mission is to provide ‘more than a home’ and Primrose Place is a great example of our commitment to providing high-quality, affordable housing solutions that positively impact communities.”

The Primrose Place development and the award were also highlighted by Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane.

Mr Brown raised the motion in parliament, further raising the awareness of the project on a national level.

Mr Brown said: “I’ve been following the development of Primrose Place, near my office in Alloa, since its inception.

“The development stands out as a particularly socially conscious development – it is affordable, and accessible to those living with conditions like dementia.

“That is the kind of housing development we need more of – not just in Clackmannanshire, but across Scotland.

“That’s why it is absolutely right that this development, and the hard work of the many organisations that went into it, has been recognised by the Scotland Housing Awards 2023.

“I’m proud to have given further recognition to this by memorialising this achievement with a motion in the Scottish Parliament.”