CALA Homes (East) is celebrating after its Albert Dock Development, in Leith, claimed the honour for the transformation of a former industrial site.
Staff from the firm, with its UK-wide headquarters in Edinburgh, picked up the accolade at the 2014 What House? Awards in The Grosvenor House Hotel, in Mayfair, London. Albert Dock earned Gold in the "Best Brownfield" category at the ceremony and was roundly praised for its urban regeneration and revival of the surrounding area.
The first and second phases of the development have been a runaway success, with 24 of its 31 townhouses sold since the development launched earlier this year.
Sarah Stanger, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes (East), said: "It’s an honour to have won the "Best Brownfield" category at the What House? Awards - it’s a fantastic feeling to be recognised for the care, thought and sheer hard work that has gone into the development.
"Albert Dock was designed to bridge the gap between the industrial working dockside at Leith and the vibrant community of the Shore – the local area is brimming with the history of its manual labour, warehouses and shipping heritage, and we wanted to pay tribute to this. Our main aim was to find a way to connect that proud industrial heritage to the thriving contemporary setting of Leith in 2014.
CALA Homes built its reputation on creating high-quality homes in sought after locations, which create a powerful sense of community – which meant the disuses brownfield site was particularly challenging.
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