• Requiring 465,000 new homes by 2035, Scotland is a country with urgent yet diverse housing needs.

  • The economic downturn has resulted in major demographic shifts, highlighting a changing housing landscape and the requirement to consider alternative models of funding and development.

  • Increasing the capacity of Scotland's growing rented sector has a major role to play in achieving a balanced tenure mix.

  • It also offers new and significant opportunities for investment and development.


Homes for Scotland (chaired by former HFS Chair Gerry More) is currently leading a major research project with world-renowned experts in housing finance from the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research and LSE London to determine how new sources of funding can be attracted into the Scottish rental market (click here for further information on the background to the project and its objectives).

Bringing together those who wish to see such capacity increased with those seeking investment and development opportunities, findings were announced at a special one day conference at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on 20 November 2013 with Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon providing the keynote speech.



"The Scottish Government recognises there is significant potential to unlock new and alternative sources of housing investment for wider social and economic benefit. The findings of this industry-led project will help pave the way for such opportunities to be capitalised on."


Nicola Sturgeon
Deputy First Minister

Scottish Government


Click here to read the research recommendations and here for the full report.

Providing a platform for learning, discussion and debate, over 160 delegates from the development and financial sectors:

  • heard more about the investment and development opportunities available for delivering new homes for rent at significant scale

  • considered how the research findings should inform the approach required to attract investment

  • had the issues raised into their uniquely Scottish political context

Those in attendance:


A & J Stephen Ltd   -   Aberdeen City Council   -   Allan Water Developments   
Applecrest   -   ARIM   -   AS Homes   
Austin-Smith: Lord   -   Axiom Project Services   -   Bancon Homes  
Bell Ingram Ltd   -   Bellerophon     Bett Homes   -   Brodies   -   CALA Homes      
Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research  
Capita Property & Infrastructure   -   Carduus

CCG (Scotland) Ltd   -   Citylets   -   Clan Gordon
Clyde Valley Housing Association   -   Close Brothers Property Finance     Consensus Capital   -   Construction Scotland    
Cruden Estates   -    Cruden Homes   
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG   -   DJ Alexander Lettings
Drum Property Group   -   DTZ   -   Dunedin Canmore   
East Lothian Council   -   East Dunbartonshire Council   -   EDI Group Ltd  
Eildon Housing Association   -   EMA Architects     
Energy Technology Partnership   -   Fife Council   
Gateley Scotland LLP   -   Glasgow City Council   -   Glencairn Properties  
Graf Mortgages      Grosvenor   -    GVA    -   HBJ Gateley 

   Headon Developments   -   Highland Housing Alliance    
  Hillcrest Housing Association   -   HRF

Inner City Land and Developments Ltd   -   JLT Group  
Jones Lang LaSalle   -   Kier Construction   -   Kingsford Estates

Lendlease Construction (Scotland)   -   LetScotland   -   Lloyds Banking Group
LSE   -   Lomond Capital    -    Lovell Partnerships
Mactaggart & Mickel    -    Mansell Homes    -   Mctaggart Construction       
Merchant Homes   -   Midlothian Council   -   Miller Homes  
MyHousePrice.com   -   Napier University   -  Pat Munro Homes   
Perth & Kinross Council   -   Peverel Scotland   -   Persimmon Homes  
Pinsent Masons   -       Places for People   -   Premier Guarantee    
Rettie & Co   -   Robertson Homes   -   Ronay & Ronay  
Roomservice by CORT   -     Ross Developments & Renewables  

Savills   -   SB Plastering   -   Scott Brownrigg
   Scottish Federation of Housing Associations   -   Scottish Futures Trust   Scottish Government   -   Scottish Property Federation   
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership  
SEC Ltd   -   SHPL   -   Springfield Properties 
Taylor Wimpey   -      Thomas & Adamson   -   Touchstone CPS  
Turnberry Homes   -   Tweed Homes   -   University of Glasgow 
Veitchi Group   -   Wardell Armstong    -   Wates Living Space Scotland  
Weslo Property Management   -   Wheatley Housing Group  



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Private Rented Sector Champion

Following an announcement by the Deputy First Minister at the HFS Annual Lunch on 16 May that the Scottish Government will support the HFS proposal to appoint a "Champion" to spearhead the growth of developments in the private rented sector, HFS is now commencing the search for a suitable candidate to take up this role. Click here for futher information, including a person profile.


World renowned researchers join bid to unlock new sources of housing investment (8 July 2013)

Bid to unlock pension fund cash (5 May 2013)


For further details about this project please contact Karen Campbell, Head of Policy & Operations, Homes for Scotland, k.campbell@homesforscotland.com or 0131 455 8350.