10th July 2015 back to news

Royal Visit to New Houses for Heroes Project

Royal Visit to New Houses for Heroes Project


Her Majesty the Queen planted a tree and unveiled a commemorative stone on a visit to the Salvesen Gardens site in Edinburgh in July.


The development in Muirhouse will create five new residential dwellings in the form of a terraced block of three houses and a semi-detached block. The development is being constructed for the charity, Houses for Heroes Scotland, incorporated within The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA). 


The new properties will provide veterans with family homes and are expected to be handed over to the charity in early 2016.  The projects are being managed and will be delivered by the Building Surveying team at Graham and Sibbald. Malcolm Smith, a recently qualified Building Surveyor in Edinburgh, (photographed to the left) was honoured to hand the spade to the Queen during her visit.


SVGCA aim to create a “Community within a Community’ providing informal support for disabled veterans whilst living fully integrated alongside other ex-service tenants at the Salvesen Gardens development.


Houses for Heroes Scotland is the appeal name of the Scottish Veterans Garden City Association, a registered charity founded in 1915, which is committed to providing reasonably priced rental housing for disabled veterans in Scotland.  They have 614 homes in 74 locations throughout Scotland housing those who have served in the British Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, Police or Fire Brigade and have been partially or totally disabled.


David Ross, Building Surveying at Graham + Sibbald, said: “This new development in Edinburgh is part of a larger scale project for Houses for Heroes that our team have been involved with for some time now. It is an honour for Graham + Sibbald to be represented at the Royal visit and meet her Majesty.”


“We are all proud to be playing a part in constructing homes for our ex-service men and women.  These homes will make such a difference to the lives of their residents, helping them retain their independence and freedom.”


Peter Minshall, SVGCA chief executive said: “It was hugely important for the veterans to meet Her Majesty on her visit to Edinburgh. The veterans are people who have signed up to serve the Queen in a very special way – and in this particular case have then been disabled. So for them to meet Her Majesty is doubly meaningful.”