The daughter of a celebrated Moray poet opened a new social housing development named in honour of her mother.
Avril Wilbourne, the daughter of Elgin poet, Jessie Kesson, opened Hanover Scotland’s new Kesson Court development on Wednesday 21 August, joined by staff, residents and local dignitaries including MSP, Richard Lochhead.
Kesson Court replaces a previous Hanover development on the site which was demolished and has been entirely rebuilt. The new development is made up of 18 amenity flats and 3 wheelchair properties and recently swept the board at the Saltire Housing Awards. Kesson Court won the Saltire Housing Design Award, CIOB Building Award and the Saltire Medal.
At the heart of Kesson Court is a communal garden encouraging outdoor activity and socialisation amongst residents and staff, which is known to be a key driver of improved physical and mental health.
Each property is fitted with a heat interface unit (HIU) from a centralised boiler, providing instantaneous direct hot water and indirect secondary heating, removing the need for individual gas boilers and providing residents with a highly efficient and easily manageable centralised heating system.
The decision to name the site after Jessie Kesson was taken after a public naming competition and was selected because of its reflection of the local area and creating a welcoming place for people to live.
Speaking at the opening, Helen Murdoch, Chief Executive of Hanover, said: “We are delighted to today be opening Kesson Court, the latest of a number of new developments we have opened in Moray recently. We are particularly pleased to have Avril with us to help us celebrate today. Her mother was a very well-known local poet so we are delighted local people chose to name this development after her.”
“In our 40th anniversary year, Hanover is not only reflecting on our past but looking to the future and the innovative measures we want to take to provide active, independent lifestyles for our residents and Kesson Court is only the latest part in that journey. We are pleased that Richard Lochhead MSP could also join us to see the positive impact the new development is having on the area.”
Avril Wilbourne said: “My mother loved Elgin and the rest of Moray so it is a pleasure to be here to celebrate the opening of Kesson Court. I know she would have been thrilled that her work had such an impact on local people to the extent that the community wanted her to be remembered in this way. I am sure the new residents at Kesson Court will enjoy living in their homes here and look forward to visiting again in the future.”