Scotland Excel


10 Oct 2019

Housing conference calls for ‘positive disruptors’

Delegates asked to think differently when it comes to building affordable homes.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP

Delegates at Scotland Excel’s social housing conference heard the rallying calls from leaders throughout the housing and construction industry to think differently when it comes to building affordable homes.

More than 150 public sector leaders from across Scotland’s 32 local authorities and housing associations were joined by house builders at the ‘Accelerating the Delivery of Affordable New Homes’ conference, held in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The audience heard speeches from a number of thought leaders on the need to embrace the challenge and become ‘positive disruptors’.

Sally Thomas, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Stephen Good, Chief Executive of the Construction Innovation Centre both called for the public sector and industry to look at alternative models for building homes that will meet the needs of communities now and in the future.

Julie Welsh, Director of Scotland Excel, said, “The event was held to bring the housing decision makers under one roof, to stimulate debate and to make positive steps for Scotland’s house building industry and I certainly think we achieved this.

“There was a real buzz about the conference and the exhibition, and I had many positive conversations with both the public and private sector on how we can all work together to achieve our common goals.”

The audience also heard from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP who also echoed the sentiment of the other speakers when he said, “Be a positive disruptor. As long as you have a clear outcome.”

The Accelerating the Delivery of Affordable New Homes conference also saw the launch of Scotland Excel’s new build residential housing framework, developed in partnership with local authorities to significantly reduce the time it takes to engage a contractor to build new homes.

The framework has been designed to deliver benefits for local areas through sub-contracting, employment and training opportunities, and has social value at its heart through community benefits, payment of the Scottish Living Wage and opportunities for supported businesses.

A total of 19 suppliers – including 12 Scottish SMEs – were awarded a place on the £1.5bn framework after a robust, two-stage procurement process. 

For more information on Scotland Excel’s New Build framework, contact the construction team.