Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is recruiting an architect to draw up a design guide for the delivery of social housing
The winner of the £25,000 contract will carry out a detailed review of current trends and best practice in social housing’s design and delivery.
The chosen team’s findings – covering trends in housing needs, innovation, emerging standards, renewable energy, funding, and off-site construction – will be compiled into a build design guide to help shape future projects led by the association.
The housing association says the guide should review ‘the best practice in new-build housing design and … report on the best of the current trends. The cost implications of the design guide will be required and a final new build design guide will be included as the key output of the commission.’
Key areas to be explored include changing trends in housing needs such as spaces for working or studying at home.
The study should also look at innovation and emerging standards concerning environmental sustainability, as well as reviewing future funding options and an evaluation of domestic energy production and renewable energy approaches.
The ACHA, based on Oban, is Scotland’s eighth largest housing association owning more than 5,000 homes spread across all major settlements and 11 islands within the Argyll and Bute region.
Recent projects include a £4.6 million development of 35 units by Coltart Earley Architects in Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula (pictured). Urban Animation and Neil Sutherland Architects also delivered 20 affordable homes for the association at Bowmore, Islay two years ago.
In April, ACHA broke ground on a £5 million regeneration by Lawrence Hill Architecture & Design of derelict Jutland Court in Helensburgh.
The deadline for applications to produce the guide is noon, 17 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Argyll Community Housing Association
Glenshellach Business Park
Tel: +44 1546605829