First Scottish scheme for supported living developer

Alastair Sheehan

Altrincham-based specialist supported living developer HBV has confirmed it has agreed its first deal in Scotland.

It will deliver new apartments for disabled adults in Leith, Edinburgh

Heron Court, on West Bowling Green Street, will become a specialist new-build 24-apartment development for people with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

Tenants will be referred to the scheme by adult social care commissioners at Edinburgh City Council.

HBV has delivered more than 50 individual supported living developments in England, comprising more than 1,000 apartments and bungalows.

Local authority adult social care commissioners refer residents to the schemes.

The company already has developments in Greater Manchester, including Trafford and Bury.

Alastair Sheehan, business development director of HBV, said: “We are delighted to get work started on our first scheme in Scotland and we hope this will be the first of many.

The proposed development

“We have received tremendous support and encouragement from Edinburgh City Council and the wider community.

“Our development provides the opportunity for local adults with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of 24-hour on-site support staff.

“When blended at the outset with our assistive technology offering, outcomes for tenants are greatly enhanced.”

He added: “Our work in the North West continues apace and we are already looking at a number of sites for various local authorities in the region.”