Re­ward­ing qual­ity in home­build­ing

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DEMONSTR AT­ING the determination of home­builders to over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties of the past two years, in­dus­try body Homes for Scot­land has re­ceived more than 50 en­tries for its 2010 Qual­ity Awards.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Fair said: “There has never been a greater need for new homes. How­ever, de­spite the frag­ile con­fi­dence that may be re­turn­ing to the mar­ket­place, we re­main a long way from re­cov­ery and many chal­lenges need to be over­come be­fore we can look for­ward to any mean­ing­ful in­crease in out­put.

“Our Qual­ity Awards en­com­pass a range of is­sues high on our own strate­gic agenda and those of our stake­hold­ers. In ad­di­tion to en­cour­ag­ing pos­i­tive part­ner­ships with gov­ern­ment agen­cies and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, they will also pro­vide some ex­tremely val- uable learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.”

The in­de­pen­dent judg­ing panel has al­ready met for an ini­tial re­view of sub­mis­sions and was im­pressed by the qual­ity and in­no­va­tive na­ture of the en­tries.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Alex Neil, who will at­tend the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual lunch on Fri­day, May 21, when the win­ners will be an­nounced, com­mented: “I am de­lighted to lend my sup­port to the Homes for Scot­land Qual­ity Awards 2010.

“At a dif­fi­cult time for the home­build­ing in­dus­try, they pro­vide a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to show­case the ex­cel­lence and com­mit­ment to qual­ity of home­builders and their part­ners through­out Scot­land.”

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Alex Neil

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