Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2023
With the theme Repair, Reuse, Revitalise, the 12th Scottish Empty Homes Conference was held on Wednesday 1 March 2023 at The Engine Shed, Stirling.
Thank you to all those who were able to join us in person or via the digital platform. We are also very grateful to our speakers for their time and engaging presentations.
Many thanks to our gold sponsor Finders International, silver sponsors Auction House Scotland, Fraser & Fraser, and Brodies LLP, and bronze sponsor Online Property Auctions for their support of this year’s conference.
As announced at the conference, SEHP is partnering with housing specialists Arneil Johnston, to launch new guidance to assist local authorities bring some of Scotland’s nearly 43,000 long term empty homes back into use. The documents are available to view and download from the links below -
Videos of all presentations can be viewed here:
Shona Robison MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government
Gold sponsor welcome
Public Sector Development Manager – Empty Homes
From Empty Homes to Social Housing
Housing Development & Homelessness Manager
West Dunbartonshire Council
Applying Big Ideas to Small Houses
John Gilbert Architects
Breakout session 1: Sustaining Homes, People and Communities
Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Officer
Community Impact Initiative Wales
Sponsored by Brodies
Breakout session 2: Retrofit Empty Homes Action Plan (REHAP)
Consultancy and Projects Manager
Action on Empty Homes
Sponsored by Fraser & Fraser
Sales Valuer & Business Development
Auction House Scotland
Draft Strategic Framework Launch
Empty Homes Policy and Projects Manager
Scottish Empty Homes Partnership
Short film and discussion: Cal and Claire’s Empty Homes Journey
Empty Homes Officer
Argyll & Bute Council
Repair and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings
Senior Technical Officer
Historic Environment Scotland
Business Development Manager
Fraser & Fraser
Scottish Empty Homes Awards 2023
The Scottish Empty Homes Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and organisations in the revitalisation of empty homes across Scotland. The award ceremony is held as part of our annual Empty Homes Conference
Winners of 2023 Awards Announced!
Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced the winners of the Finders International 12th Scottish Empty Homes Awards.
The awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the people behind this progress, as our network continues with its mission to transform empty spaces into thriving places. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and organisations in the revitalisation of empty homes across Scotland.
Many thanks to all those who submitted nominations and congratulations to our winners!
The winners for this year’s awards are as follows:
Best use of empty homes work to create social/affordable housing: For strong contribution to increasing supply of social/affordable housing.
- Grapes South of Scotland Community Housing
- Holmhead Place Glasgow City Council
- High Street Perth & Kinross Council
Best retrofit of an empty home: For an excellent environmentally friendly improvement to an empty home.
- Jameswood Villa, Argyll & Bute Council
- Niddrie Regeneration, LAR Housing Trust
- Balantrushal Lewis, Western Isles Council
Best use of data to inform empty homes practice: For outstanding examples of using information to get results.
- Matchmake to rent, Aberdeen City Council
- Empty Homes Register, Fife Council
- Data Insights, Homes for Good
Empty Homes rising star: For a new start making a positive impact on empty homes work.
- Michelle Morrison Dundee
- Rachel Whale Scottish Borders
- Karlene Docherty Perth & Kinross
The ceremony took place at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference on 1 March 2023 at The Engine Shed, Stirling.
Now in its twelfth year, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and its network of Empty Homes Officers and partners across Scotland have helped to bring more than 7,700 empty homes back into use.