National award for Tenants First chief executive

Under the leadership of Sandy Murray, Tenants First Housing has become well established as Britain’s largest housing co-operative. The co-operative now has 1,396 homes in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and, now, Glasgow, providing affordable homes for members, plus sheltered accommodation for the elderly and some for adults with special needs.

Tenants First is viewed as one of the most innovative social landlords in its sector. The recognition that the cost of energy is as important as the cost of rent for its members has driven the co-operative’s emphasis on innovation in building technology.

IoD Scotland Director of the Year awards

The quest to develop low-cost construction techniques that combine quality and low running costs started with a pioneering, award-winning development in Ballater in 2004 and has continued ever since. Now, Tenants First is in the midst of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture with the aim of developing a house construction system to meet the highest-level in the Government’s code for sustainable homes

Talking about this IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, IoD Scotland Executive Director David Watt said:

“We can take heart that we have a raft of exceptional director talent in Scotland. I think that the quality and wealth of experience demonstrated by our talented award winners should give some encouragement to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs. Scotland desperately needs more people like this - individuals who are going to make us more globally competitive.”
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